7:10 PM ET, June 18, 2012
Citi Field, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- R.A. Dickey's impeccable control with that dancing knuckleball has made him the most dominant pitcher in baseball.
With Monday's performance, R.A. Dickey became the first pitcher with consecutive one-hitters since Dave Stieb did so in 1988. Stieb accomplished the feat after having back-to-back no-hit bids broken up with two outs in the ninth. Here's a look at the only pitchers to throw back-to-back complete games with one hit or fewer since 1900:
|1988||Dave Stieb||Blue Jays|
|1944||Jim Tobin||Boston Braves|
|1938||Johnny Vander Meer*||Reds|
|1925||Dazzy Vance||Brooklyn Robins|
|1923||Howard Ehmke||Red Sox|
|1911||Rube Marquard||New York Giants|
-- Source: Elias Sports Bureau
SN: Dickey's Second One-Hitter
R.A. Dickey has thrown his second consecutive one-hitter. Has he already locked up the NL Cy Young?
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Dickey has a 1.21 ERA and 88 strikeouts during his nine-game winning streak. It was his fifth career shutout and second this season, both in June. ... Showalter said INF Robert Andino would be back in the lineup Tuesday night.
Regular Season Series
|6th||I Davis homered to center (420 feet), R Dickey, J Valdespin and L Duda scored.||0||4|
|8th||D Wright reached on infield single to shortstop, J Valdespin scored.||0||5|
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|Stadium||Citi Field, New York, NY|
|Attendance||29,014 (69.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||66 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|
From Elias: Dickey is the first pitcher in modern baseball history (since 1900) to allow 1-or-fewer runs, strike out 50+ batters and walk 5-or-fewer batters over a five-start span in a season.
From Elias: R.A. Dickey now has 7 straight starts with 8+ K and 2 or fewer walks, matching the longest single-season streak since 1900.[+]
Bill James Game Score is a metric that rates starts on a 0-100 scoring scale, based on a pitchers innings pitched, runs, hits, strikeouts, and walks (49 is MLB Average, 100+ is extremely rare). R.A. Dickey had a Game Score of 95 last Wednesday with his 12-K, 1-hit CG, and had a Game Score of 96 tonight with his 13-K, 1-hit CG. He is the first pitcher in the Live Ball Era with consecutive starts with a Game Score of 95+ in a single season.
R.A. Dickey threw 35 knuckleballs at 80 MPH or higher, the third straight start in which he's thrown at least 30 knuckleballs at that speed. Before those three starts, his previous high in a start was 17 such pitches. Dickey has thrown 106 knuckleballs at 80 MPH or higher in his last three starts; he threw 100 over his first 11.
R.A. Dickey's current streak of innings without an earned run at 42 2/3 - second longest in Mets history. The franchise record for consecutive innings without allowing an earned run is 49.0 by Dwight Gooden in 1985 (August 31 to October 2).
From Elias: R.A. Dickey had a 12-inning hitless streak spanning the end of his last start and the beginning of this one. That is a Mets record. The previous mark was 11.0 by Jack Hamilton in 1966 (May 4 - 8).
R.A. Dickey is 11-1 this season. No pitcher in Mets history has ever been 10 games above .500 this early (in terms of team games played) in a season. The franchise record in that category was held by Tom Seaver, who in 1969 defeated the Pirates on July 4th to improve to 13-3 in what was the Mets' 77th game that season. Dickey got to 10 over in 68 team games.
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