What a month it was for the 37 year-old knuckleballer.
R.A. went 4-0 in the month of May, posting quality starts in each of his five outings over the month. More important than that, the Mets won every time Dickey set foot on the mound all month, including rallying to overtake the Reds in Dickey's only no decision of the month.
Dickey seemed to get stronger as the month went along. His last two starts were nothing short of fantastic, going seven innings in each of them, allowing only one earned run over both starts, and striking out a combined 21 batters.
The back to back double digit strikeout games were the first by a Met pitcher since Pedro Martinez did it back in 2006, and Dickey's efforts were rewarded when he was named NL Player of the Week.
Almost more impressive than his record (which, at 7-1, ties him for third in the NL in wins), is Dickey's control. Knuckleballers are not generally known for their command of the strike zone, but R.A. has been absolutely locked in of late.
Over the entire month, R.A. walked only seven batters, and over his last two starts he walked just one man. Dickey is only the fourth Mets pitcher in history to post consecutive double digit strikeout games with only one walk, joining the likes of Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, and David Cone, Not bad company.
One of the most understated parts of Dickey's game has been his defense,which shone all month as well - just look at the incredible diving play he made against San Diego.
If Dickey never wins a Golden Glove before he retires it will be a crime, though his pitching mate Johan Santana may have something to say about that.
Overall, a fantastic month for Dickey. He has earned the right to be called an ace this year for the Mets.
David Wright: Ended the month in a bit of a slump, but still was over .400 for most of May and is batting .365.
Tim Byrdak: The bullpen has been questionable, but Byrdak has not, leading the league in stranding inherited baserunners.
Lucas Duda: The master of the two-out RBI, 13 RBIs for the month, and his home run stroke is making a comeback, with three of them this past week alone.