Friday’s pitching preview: Dickey continues his pursuit of the NL Cy Young

R.A. Dickey (16-4, 2.76 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.

Dickey earned his 16th victory of the season in his last start against the Astros with seven more stellar innings. Dickey has now made 21 consecutive starts walking three batters or less and owns a strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly 4 1/2 to one. Dickey is making his fourth start of the season against the Marlins tonight, and he’s a perfect 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings against them.

Nathan Eovaldi (4-9, 4.54 ERA) will start for the Marlins tonight.

Eovaldi has been inconsistent since joining the Marlins last month, walking 18 batters in only 27 innings while allowing three home runs over that span. Eovaldi got hammered for six runs in only three innings by the Dodgers in his last start, raising his ERA to 5.33 with the Marlins. Between the Dodgers and Marlins, Eovaldi has made three starts against the Mets this season – he is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 14 2/3 innings against them in 2012.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Dickey claimed to not feel great in his last start against the Astros, but he still only allowed a run in seven innings to them in that start. He has been an absolute phenomenon to watch this season. As is the case with Matt Harvey, Dickey creates a buzz with each outing even in what has become another lost season for the Mets. As long as Dickey has that vertical movement through the strike zone on his knuckleball – as he has for most of this season – not only should 20 wins be easily in his grasp (he probably should be at or closer to that figure already), but the most coveted pitching award in the game might be in his future as well.