R.A. = Really Amazin' season
September, 27, 2012
By Mark Simon | ESPNNewYork.com
Getty Images/Mike Stobe2012 was a celebratory season for R.A. Dickey.Win by win through R.A. Dickey's 2012 season:
No. 1, on April 7: Mets 4, Braves 2
There weren't necessarily any signs that this was going to be a special year for Dickey, who allowed two runs in six innings.
Stat of the game: The win gave Dickey as many wins as he had in April 2011.
No. 2, on April 13: Mets 5, Phillies 2
Dickey struck out seven, allowed one run and nine scattered hits in seven innings. It was his 14th straight quality start, giving him the longest streak in the majors. That streak would end in his next start, a loss to the Braves.
Elias stat of the game: This was the fifth straight double-digit strikeout game for Mets pitchers, their longest streak since April 1990, when they had six straight.
No. 3, on April 25: Mets 5, Marlins 1
Dickey allowed only one run and three hits in a 100-pitch, seven-inning effort for the first of many wins against the Marlins this season.
Stat of the game: Dickey threw 100 pitches, 94 of which were knuckleballs. He'd only have two starts all season in which he'd throw knuckleballs at a higher rate.
No. 4, on May 6: Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1
Dickey earned his third home win of the season, surpassing his total of two from 2011. He lasted eight innings, matching the longest start by a Mets starter in 2012 to date.
Stat of the game: Dickey threw 27 percent of his pitches in the upper-third of the strike zone or above. That was his second-lowest rate for any start this season.
No. 5, on May 12: Mets 9, Marlins 3
Jose Reyes went 4-for-5, but that didn't spoil Dickey's day, winning 9-3 in an unusual game for the knuckleballer in that it was a strikeout-free win, one in which he survived being hit on the hand by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The strikeouts would soon follow in bunches.
Stat of the Game: This wasn't just Dickey's first strikeout-free win as a Mets starter. It was his first whiffless win as a starter for any team.
No. 6, on May 22: Mets 3, Pirates 2
Dickey finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings for his fourth straight win. This would be the start of what would be a magical run of success for Dickey, a six-start streak that would rank among the best in major-league history.
Elias stat of the game: Dickey became the second Met in the 21st century to record a double-digit strikeout, no-walk start. The other was Chris Capuano. But it wouldn't be long before Dickey would do it again.
No. 7, on May 27: Mets 2, Padres 0
Dickey struck out 10 in 7 1/3 scoreless innings of three-hit ball this time around. He wouldd become the first Mets pitcher with back-to-back double-digit strikeout games since Pedro Martinez in 2006.
Stat of the game: Dickey became the first Mets pitcher to record at least 10 strikeouts in a scoreless start against the Padres since Bret Saberhagen in 1994.
No. 8, on June 2: Mets 5, Cardinals 0
Dickey matched a career high with his sixth straight win and notched his third career shutout, a day after Johan Santana pitched the Mets' first no-hitter. Dickey's nine strikeouts and no walks gave him 38 strikeouts and two walks in a four-start span.
Elias stat of the game: It had been 20 years since any pitcher tossed a complete-game shutout in the immediate wake of a teammate's no-hitter, with Pedro Astacio being the last pitcher to do so. Astacio pitched a six-hit shutout over the Mets in August 1992, one day after his Dodgers teammate Kevin Gross no-hit the Giants. It also made the Cardinals the first reigning World Series champ to have back-to-back shutout losses, with one being a no-hitter.
No. 9, on June 7: Mets 3, Nationals 1
Dickey set a career-high with his seventh straight win and surpassed his win total from 2011, becoming the first pitcher in the majors to reach nine wins.
Elias stat of the game: Dickey became the third Mets starter to win three straight starts without allowing a run. The other two were Jerry Koosman (1973) and Mike Pelfrey (2010).
No. 10, on June 13: Mets 9, Rays 1
Dickey set a Mets record by extending his scoreless streak to 32 2/3 innings, breaking the mark set by Koosman in 1973. He did it with an amazin' outing, a 12-strikeout, one-hit complete game in which the only hit was an infield single on which third baseman David Wright could not make the play.
Elias stats of the game: Dickey joined Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan as the only Mets pitchers with 12 strikeouts in a one-hit complete game (both threw one in 1970).
This gave Dickey 58 strikeouts and four walks in a six-start span. Since 1900, only three other pitchers have had that many strikeouts and so few walks in that time frame: Pedro Martinez (2000), Curt Schilling (2002) and Johan Santana (2004).
No. 11, on June 18: Mets 5, Orioles 0
Dickey became the first pitcher to throw back-to-back one-hitters since Dave Stieb for the 1988 Blue Jays and the first National Leaguer to do so since Jim Tobin of the 1944 Boston Braves. Needless to say, Dickey was the first Met with back-to-back wins of this type. He finished with a career-high 13 strikeouts.
Elias stats of the game: Dickey was the first pitcher in modern baseball history (since 1900) with back-to-back CG one-hitters of 10-or-more strikeouts. He was also the first with five straight starts of no earned runs and at least eight strikeouts.
This gave Dickey wins in six straight starts, with 63 strikeouts and only two runs allowed over that span. No other major-league pitcher since 1900 went 6-0 with at least 60 strikeouts and two-or-fewer runs allowed over a span of six straight starts.
Dickey improved to 6-0 with an 0.18 ERA in his past six starts. He also set the Mets record for longest hitless streak (12 innings), spanning two starts. The previous mark was 11 innings by Jack Hamilton in 1966 (May 4 - 8).
No. 12, on June 29: Mets 9, Dodgers 0
Dickey allowed no runs and three hits over eight scoreless innings in Los Angeles, finishing with 10 strikeouts. He became the first Mets pitcher to strike out 10 and allow no runs against the Dodgers since Dwight Gooden in 1985.
Elias stat of the game: Dickey became the third Mets starter to win 12 games by June 30, joining Tom Seaver (1969 and 1970) and Bobby Jones (1997), and the fifth to win 10 straight decisions.
No. 13, on July 19: Mets 9, Nationals 5
With the Mets sputtering just after the All-Star Break, Dickey temporarily made things right, despite allowing four runs and 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Stat of the game: Dickey fashioned the third-longest winning streak in Mets history, an 11-gamer that trailed only a 16-gamer by Seaver (1969-70) and a 14-gamer by Gooden (1985).
No. 14, on July 29: Mets 5, Diamondbacks 1
Dickey got back on the winning track with seven innings of one-run ball in Arizona, extending his road winning streak to seven straight decisions.
Elias stat of the game: Dickey joined Seaver (1975) and Frank Viola (1990) as the only pitchers in Mets history to be the first National Leaguer to reach 14 wins in a season.
No. 15, on Aug. 9: Mets 6, Marlins 1
Dickey beat the Marlins -- again -- and ended Reyes' 26-game hitting streak in the process. It was another 10-strikeout, no-walk gem, Dickey's MLB-best and Mets record-tying third of the season.
Elias stat of the game: The only other pitchers in Mets history with three starts of 10 strikeouts and no walks in a single season are Seaver (1971) and Jon Matlack (1974). Among the more famous knuckleballers in recent major-league history, Charlie Hough, Tim Wakefield and Hoyt Wilhlem never had a 10-strikeout, no-walk game. The Niekro brothers each did it once. Tom Candiotti did it three times.
No. 16, on Aug. 25: Mets 3, Astros 1
Dickey took advantage of the weakest team record-wise in the majors, with seven innings of one-run ball.
Elias stat of the game: Dickey became the fourth Mets pitcher to win 16 of his first 20 decisions in a season, joining Gooden (1985), Bob Ojeda (1986) and David Cone (1988).
No. 17, on Aug. 31: Mets 3, Marlins 0
Dickey threw his third shutout of the season, giving him one more shutout in 2012 than he had in his 106 start-career entering the season.
Elias stat of the game: Dickey became the first pitcher in Mets history to throw three shutouts in a season after turning 37
No. 18, on Sept. 5: Mets 6, Cardinals 2
Dickey allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings and became the first Mets pitcher with 18 wins in a season since Viola won 20 and Gooden won 19 in 1990.
Stat of the game: Dickey broke the Mets record for consecutive daytime decisions won with his 10th straight. Cone set the mark with nine straight in 1988.
No. 19, on Sept. 22: Mets 4, Marlins 3
Dickey took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with only two runs allowed in eight innings. It was his fifth victory against the Marlins this season.
Stat of the game: This made Dickey the first pitcher to beat the Marlins five times in a season. Four other pitchers had four wins in a season against them: Greg Maddux (2002), Tom Glavine (2002), Jamie Moyer (2007 and 2008), and Roy Halladay (2010).
No. 20, on Sept. 27: Mets 6, Pirates 5
Dickey became the Mets' first 20-game winner since 1990, as the team came from behind to beat the Pirates. A David Wright three-run homer provided the winning margin.
Dickey matched his career-high with 13 strikeouts, matching the total he had against the Orioles on June 18, 2012.
He became the Mets' first 20-game winner since Frank Viola, who also beat the Pirates for his 20th victory, in 1990.
Stats of the game: Dickey became the first Mets pitcher with multiple 13-strikeout games in a season since Cone had three in 1991.
Dickey tied the Mets mark for strikeouts
in a 20th win.
Seaver had 13 twice: in 1971 against the Cardinals and in 1972 against the Pirates. Jerry Koosman also had 13 against the Cardinals in his 20th win in 1976.