R.A. Dickey Collects 13 Strikeouts, Throws Second Straight 1-Hitter

With every start, the Mets' knuckleballer establishes some new record or standard, for the Mets or for knuckleball pitchers generally.

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R.A. Dickey's Angry Knuckleball

Just when you think you've seen everything, along comes R.A. Dickey, whose 80-mile-an-hour knuckleballs are probably the first in the game's long history.

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R.A. Dickey Sets Major League Record

In all the kerfuffle about the Mets’ R.A. Dickey throwing his second consecutive one-hitter, you might have missed this little tidbit:

With all the great pitchers in past and recent history -- men like Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Pedro Martinez and others who both allowed few runs and struck out many hitters -- no one has ever done what Dickey has over his last five starts.

Dickey now leads the National League in wins, winning percentage, ERA, complete games, shutouts, strikeouts and WHIP. He’s the logical choice for NL All-Star Game starter, and now the leading candidate for the Cy Young Award. Raise your hand if you had him on your preseason list for that. Yeah, me either.

Dickey is doing this at what would normally be considered a pretty advanced age -- he’ll be 38 in October -- but top knuckleballers have typically pitched effectively well into their 40s.

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R.A. Dickey Throws Second Consecutive 1-Hitter

It turns out that R.A. Dickey didn't spend all of his magic on his first one-hitter of June. The Mets' prize knuckleballer added a second consecutive one-hitter on Monday night in a 5-0 shutout of the Orioles.

Dickey conceded a single to Wilson Betemit in the top of the fifth, snapping a string of 13 consecutive hitless innings dating back to his one-hitter against the Rays on June 13, and two walks, but struck out 13 Orioles, establishing a new career high. The Mets gave him four runs of support in the sixth inning — Dickey scored one of them — and another in the eighth.

Dickey's consecutive one-hitters are the first in MLB history since Dave Steib accomplished the feat in 1988. The last National League pitcher to throw back-to-back one-hitters was Mort Cooper in 1943.

In his last two starts, Dickey has given up two hits, two walks, and one unearned run, while fanning 24 batters, and he has lowered his ERA from 2.44 to 2.00.

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