Its alright Cards fans, R.A. Dickey is THAT good - KMOV.com

Its alright Cards fans, R.A. Dickey is THAT good

ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – R.A. Dickey’s complete game shutout against the Cardinals two weeks doesn’t look so bad considering what he has done since.

Dickey dominated the Cardinals, who were no-hit the night before by Johan Santana, with a complete game seven-hitter on June 2.  At the time it was frustrating as heck that a guy throwing 70 miles per hour was making the Cardinals struggling offense look just that much worse.  Now we know that it just wasn’t the Cardinals – it’s everybody.  (But really the offense has been bad.)

His last, and only, loss came in a 14-6 thrashing handed down by the Atlanta Braves on April 18.  Dickey lasted only 4.1 innings after allowing eight earned runs including three home runs.  He has allowed just three home runs in eleven starts since.  It gets better…

Dickey has won each of his last six starts.  In those games, he has three complete game shutouts and has not pitched fewer than seven innings in the other three.  It gets better…

The knuckleballer has allowed just six hits in his last three starts (25.1 innings).  As a matter of fact, the Cardinals’ seven hits on June 2 are the most Dickey has given up in a single game since May 12 and the most he has given up at home all season long.  It gets better…

Dickey has back-to-back one-hitters.  One of those games could have been a no-hitter but a questionable call on a hit nullified that chance.  The last pitcher to hurl back-to-back one-hitters was Dave Stieb in 1988.

In short, the Cardinals shutout loss to R.A. Dickey really doesn’t look that bad now.  As for Dickey, you may have just shutout the Orioles but your next start comes against the cross town rival New York Yankees, who have won ten straight games as of Monday.

On Tuesday, Lance Lynn will get his chance to tie Dickey for the league lead in wins (11).  Lynn will be opposed by reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.

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