R.A. Dickey (15-3, 2.72 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.
Dickey has seen a return to brilliance lately, allowing just three earned runs over his last three starts, a span of 23 innings. He pitched a complete game against the Marlins in his last start for his 15th win of the season. Dickey allowed three runs in six innings of a no-decision to the Reds back in May – he is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA in two career starts against Cincinnati.
Mike Leake (4-7, 4.51 ERA) will start for the Reds tonight.
It’s been an up and down season for Leake this year, as he’s allowed 176 base runners in in 131 2/3 innings this season. He allowed three runs in six innings to the Cubs in his last start, but took his second consecutive no-decision. Leake allowed one earned run in six innings to the Mets back in May – he’s 0-1 with a 1.96 ERA in three career starts against New York.
Michael Baron, ContributorDickey appears to be past his rough stretch in July, reverting to the dominant pitcher he was through June. He has been able to get his fastball to move vertically again which has allowed him to stay away from using his fastball to the degree he was using it in July. As long as he can keep getting his knuckleball to rise and fall, and throw his knuckleball between 60-80 mph (as he did earlier this year), the sky is the limit for Dickey.