Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Mets morning briefing 6.19.12
By Kieran Darcy
History was made on Monday night at Citi Field, as R.A. Dickey became the first major leaguer in 24 years to throw back-to-back one-hitters, in the Mets' 5-0 win over the Orioles.
Dickey struck out a career-high 13 batters. The Orioles' only hit was a clean single by former Yankee Wilson Betemit in the fifth inning.
Ike Davis' sixth-inning grand slam was all the offense the Mets needed. New York snapped its three-game losing streak and improved to 36-32 on the season -- four games behind the first-place Washington Nationals (six in the loss column).
Tuesday's news reports:
• Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, Journal, Star-Ledger and Record.
• Dickey, a former journeyman, is the most dominant pitcher in baseball right now -- 11-1, with a 2.00 ERA, and he hasn't given up an earned run in 42 2/3 innings. Orioles skipper Buck Showalter actually played a key role in Dickey's development as a knuckleballer, and Dickey thanked Showalter after Monday night's outing.
Showalter was always high on Dickey, even when he was struggling, writes John Harper in the Daily News. The two have remained in touch over the years, writes Mark Hale in the Post.
Despite his amazing success, Dickey still does not consider himself the Mets' stopper, writes Kevin Kernan in the Post.
• The last pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters? Dave Stieb of the Blue Jays, back in 1988. ESPN.com's David Schoenfield writes that Dickey is on one of the greatest rolls of all time.
If you're looking for more on Dickey and his incredible numbers right now, check out this post from ESPN Stats & Information.
• Don't look now, but Davis has his batting average up near the Mendoza line -- .196 -- after his first career grand slam on Monday night. And he received the first curtain call of his career afterward. Read more in the Daily News and Post.
• Johan Santana will be on the mound for the Mets on Tuesday night. It will be his third start since his historic no-hitter, but he has struggled in his last two outings, and has made an adjustment with the help of pitching coach Dan Warthen, writes Mark Hale in the Post.
Read more on Santana in Newsday and the Star-Ledger.
• The Mets still do not know the severity of Jason Bay's latest injury, but he "may be out quite a while" according to general manager Sandy Alderson. Read more on Bay in the Post, Newsday and Record.
TRIVIA: Who were the Game 2 starters when the Mets faced the Orioles in the 1969 World Series?
Monday's answer: In Game 1 of the '69 World Series, Tom Seaver and Mike Cuellar were the starting pitchers. Cuellar got the win, going the full nine innings, giving up just one run on six hits, with eight strikeouts. Seaver took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits in five innings pitched.