First off Let me stress that I am not here to bury R.A Dickey – but to praise him.
Okay now with that out of the way, we have to ask ourselves what has happened to R.A ? Why has he seemed so mortal this season? Was last year an aberration? Is his torn plantar fascistis still bothering him ? Has the league simply caught up with him ?I think in certain respects there are aspects of truth in these three questions that I have posed.
Last year in 27 starts R.A went 11-9 with a E.R.A of 2.84 in 174.1 innings. So far this season Dickey in 24 starts he is 5-10 with a E.R.A of 3.72. I think part of the reason why Dickey has so many losses is that he is generally erratic in the first 1-2 innings before he settles into a groove. The other reason is the fact that he has gotten poor run support from his offense. But I think the key to Dickey’s lack of success is the fact that it seems that the opposition has taken a relaxed approach at the plate against him. Batters are not going up there hacking at the first pitch like we saw last season, and are waiting for a pitch that they can hit.
It also seems like Dickey has given up a lot more home runs than he did last season, which could mean that his knuckle ball is not knuckling properly, so maybe it is a problem with his mechanics .
The fact of the matter is that we have to look at his entire career and what you see is that he has a career record of 39-47 with a E.R.A of 4.51. So maybe this is what he is- a good pitcher who needs ample run support.
I do not regret that the Mets signed him to a multi year contract last season, in fact I am still happy that they did. He is one of the most genuine players in the game. He speaks his mind, he is an intelligent man – both off the field as well as on. I feel that he is the elder statesman of the pitching staff , and is a good role model and mentor to the younger members of the staff.
I just wish that his season would have turned out different. He deserves to be at the very least 11-6 instead of the 5-10 record that he is saddled with.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Today would have marked the 98th birthday of Bob Scheffing (1913) . Scheffing was a long time member of the Mets family. He was the Director of Player Development from 1966-1967, Vice President of the Mets from ’71-’74, Special Consultant from ’75 until his retirement in 1980. He is best remembered as the Mets General Manager from 1970-1974, and will always be known as the man who traded Nolan Ryan.
Mets pitching coach from 1982-1983, Bill Monbouquette is 75 (1936).
Reserve middle infielder from the ’87 season, Al Pedrique is 51 (1960).
Mets spot starter/middle reliever from ’86-’89, John Mitchell is 46 (1965).
The New York Mets claimed middle reliever, Jeff Tam on waivers from the Cleveland Indians on August 11, 1999. He would spend parts of 2 seasons with the Mets , and end up with a combined record of 1-1 with a E.R.A of 4.91.
The New York Mets has inspired Mo Vaughn to come up with a rally Cry of his own – NEVER SAY DIET !!!!