The Mets were able to win another series today, as they beat Arizona 3-1 on the back of RA Dickey.
Dickey was pretty awesome today, allowing just one run and pitching into the ninth, and not allowing a hit until the fourth inning of the game. The offense supplied him with three runs, coming on a two-run single from Daniel Murphy, and an RBI single from Josh Thole. In the 9th he would allow a run to score and a man on second, but Tim Byrdak and Frank Francisco were able to shut the door (albeit nearly allowing two homers), and give The Dickster his win.
The one bad part of this game was that Ruben Tejada “strained his oblique” tripping over the bag on a play at first base, and may have to go on the DL. He was having quite the nice game before injuring himself.
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Dickey was masterful today, as evidenced by A.) that he pitched into the 9th inning, and B.) that I am writing this right now, as this whole recap will probably lack in organization. Dickey kept the ball down in the zone, and baffled the Arizona hitters, other than Gerardo Parra. He got Parra back by picking him off at first with runners on the corners and two out, in what was really the only adversity he faced today. When he was pulled he was very angry, tossing the rosin bag to the ground after being pulled, we still <3 u RA.
Daniel Murphy had a nice day, and although he is being jerked around in the batting order, has managed to produce in each stop, I really like the idea of having him hit behind David.
Ike continues to struggle, but he seemed to lay off a few tough breaking pitches that were out of the zone. Baby steps.
Rubes was really having a nice day before hurting himself, running out a slow roller down the line in his first at-bat, and then realizing how far back the third baseman was and taking advantage of that by bunting on the play he was hurt on. It appears as though the reason he might have came out was that he hit his groin on the bag, and “strained oblique” (UPDATE 2: As SRT pointed out, it is quad, not oblique) may be the operative term for that. Fingers crossed.
Well for those of you that don’t want to stomach the Knicks, comment about the game here. I’m gonna’ steal Connor’s idea with some points of discussion.
- Do you think Torres or Kirk should play in center every day?
- Would you have left RA in to try and finish it?
- Who should replace Rubes if he has to hit the DL? (UPDATE: Valdespin on taxi squad, per David Lennon)
The Mets will be in Philly tomorrow to take on the Phillies. 7 PM for that one, with Jon Niese taking the mound versus the seemingly mortal Roy Halladay.