Looking for reasons why the Mets are flirting with .500 instead of a division title?
Here's a pretty good summary:
R. A. Dickey, including his start on Thursday afternoon, has an ERA of 1.51 in his six July starts. That's 7 earned runs in 41 and two-thirds innings.
Heading into Thursday's start he was 0-3 in those five excellent starts.
Including Thursday's result, the Mets are just 1-5 in the six games.
Dickey has Ike Davis to thank for some offense for a change - Davis followed up Wednesday's pinch-hit game-tying 2-run single with a 3-run homer on Thursday.
He also handed the game over to Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth inning with one out and two men on after he started to visibly tire..and Rodriguez easily got Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday to end the game
Here's Dickey's rundown:
Thursday versus St. Louis - 8.1 IP, 0 runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, 2 K
Sunday at Los Angeles (oh yeah, he was on three days rest Thursday because he left Sunday's start when Jerry Manuel thought he was injured) - 5.2 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 walks, 6 K (Mets lose 1-0)
July 20 at Arizona - 7 IP, 3 runs (all earned), 7 hits, 2 walks, 3 K (Mets lose 3-2)
July 15 at San Francisco - 7 IP, 1 run (1 earned), 5 hits, 1 walk, 3 K (Mets lose 2-0)
July 9 versus Atlanta - 6.2 IP, 4 runs (3 earned), 9 hits, 2 walks, 6 K (Mets lose 4-2)
July 3 at Washington - 7 IP, 2 runs (0 earned), 6 hits, 2 walks, 4 K (Mets lose 6-5)
Despite the low ERA and the excellent month, the 1-3 record will cost Dickey any consideration for any pitcher of the month awards.
But if there was an MVP for the Mets in the month of July, he was it.