Thursday’s pitching preview: R.A. Dickey goes for his 20th win

R.A. Dickey (19-6, 2.66 ERA) will start for the Mets today.

Dickey was superb in his last start, earning his 19th win while pitching into the ninth inning and allowing two runs and six hits in eight innings. Coming into play today, Dickey leads the league in ERA and innings pitched,  and is second in strikeouts and wins. Dickey allowed a run in seven innings to the Pirates at PNC Park on May 22 Рhe is 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in six appearances and five starts in his career against Pittsburgh.

Kevin Correia (11-10, 4.11 ERA) will start for the Pirates today.

Correia allowed three earned runs in six innings to the Astros in his last start, but took his tenth loss of the season. Correia has allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last eight starts and has a 2.39 ERA over that span. Correia is 2-4 with a 3.23 ERA in 12 appearances and six starts against the Mets in his career.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Lately, it’s been a back-and-forth contest for the lead in many of the pitching categories between Dickey, Clayton Kershaw and Gio Gonzalez. But as long as Dickey finishes strong and continues to pitch with the consistency he has for the entire season, the Cy Young Award should be his to lose. Dickey is probably the lone bright spot and a reason to watch over the final six days of the season. He will pitch again on Tuesday in Miami, and so even if he doesn’t get his 20th win today, he will have one more opportunity to get it done before the season ends.