R.A. Dickey had many moments during his Cy Young campaign that could be considered No. 1 on this list.
But Dickey’s consecutive one-hitters stand out most.
The last National League pitcher to accomplish that feat? Jim Tobin of the 1944 Boston Braves.
On June 13, Dickey threw a commanding one-hitter against a strong Tampa Bay Rays lineup. He finished with one hit, no walks and 12 strikeouts on the night as the Mets roughed up David Price for seven earned runs. Dickey threw a first-pitch strike to an incredible 24 of 29 batters faced.
In the first inning, B.J. Upton beat out a high bouncer to David Wright for an infield single. Since that was the lone hit, manager Terry Collins decided to appeal after the game for an error on Wright.
Unfortunately, the appeal was turned down, but the Mets and Collins expected that outcome.
That does not take away from the amazing performance.
Dickey followed up that 12-strikeout performance with 13 strikeouts five days later. Although Dickey allowed two walks, he was just as commanding with an 11/3 groundball-to-flyball ratio to another strong lineup in the Baltimore Orioles. Dickey even chipped in a single before scoring on a grand slam by Ike Davis.
Ironically, a 9th-inning unearned run in the first one-hitter ended another one of Dickey’s greatest pitching performances: 32.2 consecutive scoreless innings.
That streak is arguably just as impressive as the two consecutive one-hitters.
No matter which performance you pick, both of them put Dickey on the top of this list for the greatest pitching performances in Mets history.
Stats and info via: ESPN.com, baseball-reference.com, mlb.com