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
IP per Start 6.2
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
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 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
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>>
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 on road – 2010
Slug Pct. .294
>>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.
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