Tuesday’s pitching preview: R.A. Dickey vs. Gio Gonzalez

R.A. Dickey (13-1, 2.84 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.

Dickey owns the only win for the Mets since the All-Star Break after he allowed three runs in seven innings against the Nationals last Thursday. Dickey still owns the best winning percentage in the game and is tied with David Price for the most wins in baseball as well. Dickey is 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA in two starts against Washington this season, and 4-4 with a 3.52 ERA in 13 appearances and 11 starts in his career against them.

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Gio Gonzalez (12-5, 3.32 ERA) will start for the Nationals tonight.

The Mets roughed up Gonzalez last Thursday in Washington, getting him for six runs in only 3 1/3 innings for his second loss in a row. Gonzalez hasn’t had a smooth July – he has gone 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA in four starts this month. Gonzalez is 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in two career starts against the Mets.

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Michael Baron: Dickey is clearly still searching for the consistency he had on the knuckleball in May and June. He is throwing more spinners in the middle of the plate, and is not getting that consistent upward movement that made him so dominant before. But last week, he pitched very well after getting off to a rocky start. He used his fastball more than he would probably have liked to, but that speaks to his ability to recognize his in-game problems and adjust off of them quickly. In facing the Nationals for the second consecutive start, Dickey could be faced familiarity issues tonight, and so his ability to adjust and change the program will be a critical part of his outing.