News and notes from the R.A. Dickey file…

   From the Mets and Elias Sports Bureau:

  • R.A. Dickey has gone five straight starts and struck out at least eight in five straight starts. That has never happened in MLB history. It was done four times by Gaylord Perry (1967), Ray Culp (1968) and Pedro Martinez (2002).
  • Dickey has won six straight starts, allowing two earned runs and striking out 63. No pitcher since 1900 has gone 6-0 with 60 strikeouts and two or fewer runs in a span of six starts.
  • Dave Steib was the last pitcher to throw back-to-back games of one hit or less. He did it in 1988, with a one-hitter against the Indians and then one another the Orioles. Jim Tobin was the last National Leaguer to do it–for the 1944 Braves. He had a one-hitter vs. the Phillies and a no-hitter vs. the Dodgers.
  • At 11-1, Dickey is the first Mets’ pitcher to be 10 games over .500 this early in a season. Tom Seaver was 13-3 on July 4, 1969.
  • Dickey hasn’t allowed an earned run in 42 2/3 innings, the second-longest streak in Mets history. Doc Gooden had a 49-inning streak in 1985.
  • Dickey won won nine straight decisions, the longest for a Met since Johan Santana won 10 straight between July 9, 2008, and April 6, 2009.
  • The Mets have three games of one hit or less this morning. The Mets were the last time to have three. That was September, 1991, when Pete Schourek one-hit the Expos on September 10, David Cone and Jeff Innis combined on a one-hitter against the Cardinals on September 14 and Cone one-hit the Cardinals on September 20.
  •  Dickey leads MLB in victories (11), is tied for the lead in ERA (2.00) with Brandon Beachy and the strikeout lead (103) with Justin Verlander.

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