Friday, August 31, 2012
Dickey 'A complete pitcher'
By Walter Villa
MIAMI -- Long after all but two media members had cleared out out of the Mets clubhouse, Ike Davis finally emerged from the showers, seemingly surprised anyone wanted to talk to him.
"R.A. (Dickey) is the story," Davis said.
Davis had all three of the Mets' RBI on Friday, but there is still no denying the truth behind his statement.
Dickey pitched a five-hit shutout to improve to 17-4 with a 2.63 ERA. He tied the Reds' Johnny Cueto and the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez for the major-league lead in wins.
R.A. Dickey shutting out the Marlins in Miami.
Dickey, who allowed three walks and struck out seven, pitched his third shutout of the season and the sixth of his career.
"I feel bad for (Mets catcher Josh) Thole," Davis said. "(Dickey’s knuckleballs) were moving all over the place.
"It’s funny to hear the hitters who get to first base after a walk or hit (off of Dickey). They’re like, 'I don't even understand how I hit the ball' (off the knuckleball). It’s really tough to hit R.A."
It was Dickey’s fifth complete game of the season, which leads the National League and is the most by a Mets pitcher since Dwight Gooden had seven in 1993.
Dickey had thrown 101 pitches after eight innings, and he gave Mets manager Terry Collins the choice of bringing him back for the ninth.
"Most of the time," Dickey said, "It's 'I feel great, I want to come back out,' or, 'I've had enough, and I don't want to hurt our chances to win the ballgame.
"Tonight, I still felt good, but I was right in between. Terry said: 'I want to run you back out there.' ... It’s nice to have a manager you can really communicate with."
It's also nice for the Mets that they have an ace who can work out of trouble.
Dickey stranded two runners in the third, striking out Jose Reyes. He stranded two runners in the fourth, getting Donovan Solano to bounce into a double play.
Dickey picked off Reyes at first to end a mild threat in the sixth.
Miami’s last two-on threat came in the eighth, when Reyes grounded out, and Carlos Lee flied out.
Dickey pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to validate Collins’ confidence. He also earned praise from Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen.
"When he gives his speech for the Cy Young, make sure he mentions the Marlins," Guillen said. "We would appreciate that."
NOTES: DAVIS’ BIG NIGHT: Davis, who slugged his 25th homer of the season, a two-run shot to the upper deck in right field. Davis has 18 road homers this season, the most in the National League, and has rallied from a lengthy slump to start his season.
Davis, who also had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, hit his shot off of Marlins rookie Nathan Eovaldi.
"He crushed it," Eovaldi said.
Davis said he usually doesn’t hit curve balls very well.
"But I saw that one well," Davis said.
DICKEY TO DAVIS: Dickey said he would not divulge his secret to picking off Reyes at first base. But Davis said Dickey is "really quick" to first base.
"If you are going to steal off of him, you have to get aggressive," Davis said. "R.A. holds runners, he throws strikes, and he fields his position. He’s a complete pitcher."