Tuesday’s pitching preview: R.A. Dickey continues his pursuit of the NL Cy Young

R.A. Dickey (18-4, 2.64 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.

Dickey earned his 18th win of the season in his last start after allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings. Dickey has gone at least six innings in each of his last ten starts, and he has pitched to a 2.38 ERA over that span. Dickey is now third in the league in strikeouts, second in the league in wins, second in the league in innings pitched, second in the league in WHIP, and leads the league with his 2.64 ERA, five complete games, and three shutouts. Dickey is 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA in three starts against the Nationals this season.

Jordan Zimmermann (10-8, 2.99 ERA) will start for the Nationals tonight.

After three uneven outings, Zimmermann had a strong bounce back outing against the Cubs, allowing two runs in seven innings for his tenth win of the season. Zimmerman has average just over six innings per start and has allowed three earned runs or less in 23 of his 28 starts this season. In three starts against the Mets this season, Zimmermann is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA.

Michael Baron, Contributor

With a strong effort tonight, Dickey can take the league lead in strikeouts, innings pitched, WHIP and tie Gio Gonzalez for the lead with 19 wins. He has been absolutely unreal. Not only has his knuckleball movement been amazing all year long, he’s had tremendous control, walking a shade over two batters per nine innings with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.3:1. He is a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing end to the season for the Mets – as I said last week, Dickey is must-see TV at this point, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he finishes his season.