First off let me reiterate my main point from yesterday’s column – THIS TEAM IS TOTALLY SCHIZO !!!
Okay now with that off my chest I have to admit that I am worried about last season’s big surprise R.A Dickey. I don’t know if his problems are due to faulty mechanics or if the cracked fingernail that he suffered earlier this season is to blame, all I know is that he does not look like the same pitcher who confused and perplexed hitters last season.
Maybe this is a case of the league familiarizing themselves with his knuckleball, and devising a strategy to get to him. All I know is that he has not won a game since his first start and he is now 1-5 with a E.R.A just north of five . He has a rough first inning yesterday before settling down for the next four innings – and then melting down again in the sixth against a not so impressive Houston Astros offense.
I do hold out hope that what Dickey is going through can be diagnosed and adjusted, but he has just looked way to hittable of late, and when you are a knuckleballer whose knuckler isn’t knuckling ( try saying that three times fast ! ) well then you shouldn’t expect to win too many ball games.
Let me get one thing straight, I haven’t given up nor am I down on R.A. I think he is integral to this ball club. He from what I have seen brings a leadership quality to this team, and he is not afraid to speak his mind. He owns up to his performance, whether it is good or bad, and he never shies away from talking to the media.
I just hope that he can get his mojo working because he is one of the keys to the Mets finishing this season above .500.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes :
One time Major League pitcher and Mets pitching coach from the ’93 season, Rick Waits is 59 (1952). He until this past winter was the Mets minor league pitching coordinator.
Failed starting pitching prospect turned middle reliever, Tyler Walker is 35 (1976). He was the Mets second round draft pick during the 1997 amateur draft. He appeared in five games with the Mets during the ’02 season. He went 1-0 with a E.R.A of 5.91, and was last seen pitching for the Washington Nationals last season.
The Cleveland Indians claimed back up cather, Brook Fordyce of the New York Mets on waivers on May 15, 1995.
Mo Vaughn has been inspired by the R.A Dickey book club !! The first book he has decided to read – well it’s not really a book – it’s the menu for Famous Dave’s Barbecue restaurant !!!