R.A. Dickey had one really bad start this year. It was against the Atlanta Braves in the rain. Normally I’d say you can’t throw out bad starts, because they still count. That’s true; that bad start will always be on his record, will always count in the standings, and will always have cost the Mets a chance to win that day.
In evaluating Dickey’s performance, and in looking forward to when he next takes the mound, it’s a little bit more unfair to factor that game in. The rain played a huge factor in the outcome and in his ability to command his pitches. If it’s not raining Dickey isn’t going to pitch like he did in Atlanta. The biggest cause of his bad game was the rain affecting the break of the pitch, not Dickey himself.
So that said, what does R.A. Dickey’s pitching line look like without that start?
10-0 record in 85.2 IP
1.47 ERA via 14 earned runs.
17BB and 85 K for a 5 K/BB and an 8.93 K/9.
That seems pretty good.