The Mets' ace hurler R.A. Dickey is throwing gravity-enhancing knuckleballs that are breaking batters' spirits and the record books—both his personal bests and franchise numbers. He is also equaling longstanding Major League marks.
In the first of a three-game home series against the Baltimore Orioles, Dickey struck out 13 hitters, one more than his previous high, which he had set the last time he had taken the mound.
In that previous outing against the Rays, he also topped the Mets' franchise record for pitching the most consecutive scoreless innings, .
Even more impressively, Dickey has now thrown back-to-back one-hitters; the Blue Jay's Dave Stieb was the last Major League pitcher to throw a one-hitter or less in consecutive games, and that came when the 37-year-old Dickey was only 14-years-old. You need to go back another 44 years beyond that to find a National League pitcher who accomplished this rare achievement.
Whispers about Dickey starting the All-Star game will soon rise to roars, and it is clear from the vivacious vicissitudes of his knuckleball that this old guy is just getting started.