R.A. Dickey (15-4, 2.89 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.
Dickey was roughed up by the Reds in his last start when they got him for five runs and ten hits in six innings at Great American Ballpark last week. Dickey’s only career start against the Rockies came last year when he allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings against them.
Alex White (2-6, 4.74 ERA) will start for the Rockies tonight.
White was demoted to the minor leagues after a rough May and June. He was recalled at the beginning of August and has allowed seven earned runs in 17 1/3 innings over four starts. White is making his first career appearances against the Mets tonight.
Michael Baron, ContributorThe six-man rotation has clearly been designed to afford other pitchers extra rest down the stretch, but Dickey will have every opportunity to reach 20 wins and challenge to win the Cy Young Award this year – he will continue to pitch every fifth day. In order to do that, he has to avoid outings like the one he had against the Reds last week. After struggling for most of July, Dickey had seen a return to form before his last outing thanks to his ability to put his fastball aside and vary the speed of his knuckleball. But in his last start, his knuckleball had wicked movement – almost too much movement at that – and the Reds hitters had the ability to lay off of a lot of pitches Dickey needed them to swing at. That forced him to go back to his fastball, and the Reds feasted on it.