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It will be up to R.A. Dickey, who was an integral part of a remarkable stretch compiled by Mets starters, to start a new streak of domination.
Dickey and his flutterballs take the Miller Park mound in the series finale against the Brewers, in the wake of Corey Hart’s demolition of the Mets’ starters fortress. Left-hander Randy Wolf will oppose Dickey.
Leave it to a “guest” to have ended the Mets starters’ remarkable streak. Until Hart’s first-inning grand slam off Fernando Nieve, filling in with his first start after 27 relief appearances, Mets starters had a streak of 27 2/3 scoreless innings and an ERA of 1.07 in the last 11 games.
It will also be up to Dickey to help stop the Mets being so two-faced. The club, which had risen close to the top of the National League East in a 5-1 homestand, has reverted to its old ways on the road.
At 6-16, the Mets have the fewest road wins among Major League clubs. That includes a 3-12 record in a May that has two games remaining.
The Mets were perceived as being frustrated in the offseason by their inability to bag any of the top five free-agent starting pitchers on their hit list: John Lackey, Joel Pineiro, Jason Marquis, Jon Garland and Doug Davis. That quintet thus far is 15-17 with a combined ERA of 5.12.
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Hopes for a reversal of that trend in Milwaukee — where the Brewers had the Majors’ poorest home record — were dashed the last two days by Hart.
His three home runs and 10 RBIs in the two games have been instrumental in the Brew Crew winning three consecutive home games for the first time this season.
The Mets’ only solace was a three-run blow by Ike Davis that ended Milwaukee pitchers’ streak of not giving up a home run at nine games. The Brewers thus could only match the
Chris Capuano was not added to the Major League roster just because an “out” clause in his contract would have allowed him to declare for free agency if not promoted by Saturday. He was recalled because, between stints in Class A and Triple-A, he had gone 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA, and in 39 2/3 innings, had struck out 33 while issuing only four walks.