It’s been a long time since the Mets Yankees Subway Series wasn’t as big as 2 of the pitchers set to face off in it. Yet that is the case with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.55 ERA) set to go up against the Mets R.A. Dickey (11-1, 2.00 ERA).
Sabathia is coming off a complete game win vs Atlanta in which he struck out 10 Braves and gave up only 2 earned runs and 7 hits allowed. A very impressive outing deserving of much talk over the sports radio waves but the problem is it occurred on the same night Dickey pitched.
What did Dickey do?
Dickey pitched his 2nd consecutive complete game 1-hit shutout striking out a season high 13 batters while also setting a new franchise record of 32 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. Obviously this dominated the rest of the evening over NY Sports radio.
Dickey’s dominance thus far this season has been nothing short of “Amazing” (be warned this word will be used often) but this run goes back as far as last season as well. If you look at Dickey’s last 26 starts (12 of them going into 2011) Dickey’s ability as a knuckleballer to throw strikes has been “Amazing” to say the least.
Dickey has thrown his pitches for strikes 70% or more in 13 of those 26 starts with one outing reaching 80%. He threw his pitches for strikes 65% or more in 20 of those 26 starts. Over that entire span he has thrown his pitches for strikes 69% of the time. This from a knuckleballer.
He has posted a 2.20 ERA over his last 26 games and has allowed 4 or more runs once in that span. A ugly 8 run affair on a rainy day earlier this year vs the Braves where he lasted only 4 1/3 innings. In fact if you remove that one outing Dickey’s ERA drops to an “Amazing” 1.85/ERA.
So you can see why some Yankee fans may be concerned of a sweep if they happen to say find themselves down 0-2 heading into that game.