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R.A. Dickey strikes out 10, gives Mets another shutout

May 27, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

R.A. Dickey Reuters

Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey allowed three hits over 7 1/3 innings and moved into a tie for the major league lead with his seventh win Sunday as the Mets blanked the Padres, 2-0.

The Mets also got a shutout from Johan Santana on Saturday. It’s the first time they’ve had shutouts in back-to-back games since Santana and Dickey pulled it off in Aug. 2010.

Dickey fanned 10 today after striking out 11 Pirates in his previous outing. He was the first Met to reach double figures in strikeouts in back-to-back starts since Pedro Martinez in May 2006.

The loser today was Edinson Volquez, who fell to 2-5 despite giving up just two runs in 5 2/3 innings. The Padres have scored a total of 20 runs in his 11 starts this season, explaining why he has such a poor record to go along with his 3.46 ERA. Dickey, in comparison, is 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA.

  1. oltanya - May 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    He combined with Byrdak and Francisco on the shutout…

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Ugh. I fixed it. Thanks.

  2. tophermike - May 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    i think he had help on this one. 7+ innings of shut out ball

  3. goawaydog - May 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I hope never to see a season without at least one knuckleballer taking the mound. Those guys are few and always fun to watch them baffle hitters. Even the most disciplined batters just cant stop themselves from swinging at those floaters.

  4. micker716 - May 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Yesterday everybody was ready to declare Santana officially “back” after shutting out the Padres. Let’s see what Santana and Dickey do over their next starts before we get too carried away by these results. The Padres offense has been pathetic and might even be getting worse. The good news is Carlos Quentin should be joining the team this week.

  5. dfh3456 - May 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    While there have no doubt been more successful knuckleballers than Dickey, I can’t think of one with better strike zone control than him. If you can avoid wildness, very tough to fail as a knuckleballer. As a Mets fan, this has been one of the rare things I am thankful for, from the Minaya era, as Dickey was without a doubt, Omar’s crowning achievement.

  6. xjokerz - May 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    These knuckleballers drive me insane , hope this fluke comes crashing down so I can see the fish make a run in the east. !

  7. chrisny3 - May 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    I have news for those who are laughably trying to call Dickey a “fluke” — The flash in this pan has been going off with regularity every five days for the last two years now. If this is “fluke,” I would like a whole rotation full of them!

  8. styx630 - May 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Mets need to lock Dickey up with a multi-year deal.

  9. jimeejohnson - May 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    “While most professional baseball players spend their off season kicking back, New York Mets’ R.A. Dickey decided to risk his safety — and his job — to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro during his time off to raise awareness for sex trafficking.Although management warned Dickey that they would void his contract if he got injured, that didn’t stop him from embarking upon and completing the challenge.”

    Hence: he’s a humanitarian and knows there are more important things than a knuckle ball! Put the “amazing” back in The Mets, please.

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