Ah, it had to eventually end. The RA Dickey run of untouchable came to a screeching halt last night. Dickey gave up 5 runs in 5 innings, and it appeared the Marlins just weren't bothered by his knuckleball. He didn't seem to have the same speed on it as he did his last start, but I'm not bothered by this poor outing because Dickey has been so great since he came up from the minors.
The oddest event of the night was Jason Bay hitting two home runs. TWO! Must be that Puerto Rican air. It's a shame that Bay's two home runs came on a night when the Mets got pummeled but hopefully it's a sign he's finding his stroke again.
The last thing that stood out for me last night was the urgency for the Mets to get another top notch starter. Not because Dickey got tagged, but an extra starter allows Takahashi to move back to the bullpen where he is much needed. In addition a starter, like Cliff Lee, doesn't leave many days for the opposition to look forward to facing Mets pitching. Even with Santana's struggles, he's still an experienced picture who historically commands respect. Then you have a surging Pelfrey, a knuckleballer in Dickey and Niese as your back of the rotation guy.
Adding Cliff Lee to that mix would arguably be one of the best rotations in baseball. Of course you have to give up something to get something and who knows what that kind of move will require.