Hope is the best of things – June 12

Mets stay hot with solid win over Orioles

R. A. Dickey continued his excellent performance this season as a Mets improving to 4-0 in his 5 starts as the Mets won 5-1.  Dickey went 7 innings allowing 7 hits, striking out a career-high 8 batters and stranding runners all over the place.  Most impressive for Dickey was escaping a bases loaded no out situation in the 4th inning on just 7 pitches!  Chris Carter helped the game get put out of reach when he hit his first career HR, a 3-run shot in the 4th.

R. A. Dickey – 2010 Season

Starts                5

W-L                 4-0

ERA                 2.78

K/BB              24/10

IP per Start     6.2

R. A. Dickey struck out a career-high 8 batters in the Mets 5-1 win over the Orioles.

Dickey has gone 4-0 his first five starts with the Mets.  In doing so he has become the first Met to do that since Terry Leach did so.  Leach, however, did this over a 4-year span as he was mostly used as a reliever in his career with the Mets (he also didn’t pitch in 1983-84).  The others to do so are Harry Parker (1973) and Ray Sadecki (1970).

Mets starters to go 4-0 in first 5 starts – team history

R. A. Dickey        2010            2.78 ERA

Terry Leach        1981-85      0.76 ERA

Harry Parker       1973            2.41 ERA

Ray Sadecki          1970           3.11 ERA

Source: Elias Sports Bureau

Terry Leach was terrific in his first 5 career starts for the Mets going 4-0 with a 0.76 ERA.

I remember thinking earlier this season that many Mets fans just had a bad feeling about this roster.  So many fans were still angry over the collapses of 2007 and 2008 and the injury plagued 2009 that I didn’t think much could be done with this group of players.  However, recently fans are seeing a different aura around this team.  One of the biggest differences is that this team doesn’t seem to quit anymore like it appeared they had done in recent seasons.  In watching last night’s game, the camera showed the players coming into the locker room area and the players (Jose Reyes especially) were exciting and looking determined.

The aura and attitude of the Mets seems to have changed in the last few weeks.

The win last night moved the Mets to a season-high five games over .500 just as they were after defeating the Phillies on April 30th at 14-9.  I’m not sure how this season will play out, but I do as most Mets fans now have a good feeling about the future for this team.  When you add in the inevitable though seemingly improbable return of Carlos Beltran, and Mets fans could just be seeing the beginning of a special season.

Mets W-L by month – 2010 Season

April  14-9

May   12-17

June     7-2

Today the Mets will try to do something they haven’t done in their last 56 road games and that’s win consecutive games.  The last time the Mets won 2 straight on the road was July 25th and 26th at Houston.

Most road games without winning consecutive games – team history

1963-64          64 games

1962-63          60 games

2009-10         56 games>>

>>Current streak

The daily Jason Bay breakdown

Travelling to a stadium where he has had success didn’t do much last night for Jason Bay, who went 0-3 last night.  Bay is now hitless in his last 12 AB and has just one hit in his last 22 AB.  On the road, Bay still has not homered this season and has now gone 124 consecutive road AB without hitting a HR.

Jason Bay gets high-fives from his teammates after scoring on Chris Carter's 3-run HR in the 4th inning.

Jason Bay on road – 2010

Games          27

H-AB        24-102

BA                .235

Slug Pct.      .294

HR                  0>>

RBI                 5

>>Has gone 124 AB since his last HR (September 21 at KC)

Tonight the Mets will throw LH  Hisanori Takahashi and the Orioles will counter with Brian Matusz.  The Orioles have lost 6 straight starts vs LHP and are 5-16 overall vs them this season.  The Orioles won Matusz last start against Boston, snapping an 8-game losing streak in his starts.  Overall the Orioles have lost 13 of their last 15 games and have lost 3 straight and 4 of last 5 vs NL opponents.

Help Fund for Cancer Survivors

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About Mark Kelly - CKMagicSports

Sports Historian that is well versed at the four major sports first, then College Hoops, Football, Olympics, Tennis, Golf and NASCAR. Former ESPN Researcher in Bristol, CT. After a 10-year career working in everything from SportsCenter to ESPNNEWS to Cold Pizza. Had to retire due to complications from Cancer treatment. I am a now 25-year survivor that still suffers everyday from the side effects of chemotherapy & radiation. Suffer from Crohn's disease and Lymphedema everyday and started a website called CKMagicSports.com that I do podcasts on that you can help support by clicking on KNOCKOUTCANCER link on my CKMagicSports website. https://www.gofundme.com/KOCANCER Read more about my 25-year battle with the disgusting side effects of this disease here. http://www.ckmagicsports.com/marks-story/
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