R.A. Dickey continues to remain consistent with his knuckleball

R.A. Dickey allowed a run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts in seven innings last night.

“It’s much more frustrating from the team standpoint,” Dickey said. “We really want to try and turn the corner here and we’re having some difficulty doing that. But along the way, we’ve got to try and identify pieces that are going to make us successful.”

Dickey took a no-decision last night. He is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA in four starts this month, during which he’s walked just seven batters, struck out and given up five home runs in 29 innings.

“You know when R.A. is on the mound you’re going to be in the game and have a chance to win,” Terry Collins said. “We’re just not producing runs.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

R.A. had it all going last night, and deserved nothing less than winning that game. The one bad pitch was to Tyler Colvin in the fifth inning, which, while it didn’t rotate, the knuckleball sat flat and over the plate… and Colvin was all over it. Outside of that, Dickey did everything he needed to do and gave his team every opportunity to win.

I’ve gotten used to Dickey pitching like this, although I think I’ll always be amazed by his ability to vary speeds so well. Also, he consistently gets his ball to drift up through the strike zone, or fall off the table, on both sides of the plate. In addition, his pitching IQ is so great. His offense will need to be more inspiring, though, if he wants to get to 20 wins.