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R.A. Dickey Is Making One-Hit Shutouts Look Easy

We have no say. Opinions are meaningless. R.A. Dickey is our overlord now. Resistance is futile.

The Master pitched his second consecutive complete-game one-hitter Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles. In what has clearly been his best season as a major leaguer, Dickey may have pitched the best game of his career on Monday night.

Well, other than the game he pitched just five days ago.

Dickey struck out a career-high 13 Orioles to move his record to 11-1. That strikeout total topped what was Dickey’s career high of 12, which he set Wednesday versus Tampa Bay. In that game, he gave up one unearned run. Outside of that one hit allowed, Dickey’s only blemishes Monday — if you really want to nitpick and call them that — were the two walks he issued. Still, his game score of 96 was one better than the 95 he registered versus the Rays.

Dickey became the first pitcher to record back-to-back one-hitters since Toronto’s Dave Stieb in 1988, a season in which he threw three one-hitters.

Dickey has won six consecutive starts. He is tied for the MLB lead in both ERA (2.00, tied with the injured Brandon Beachy) and strikeouts (103, tied with Justin Verlander). He leads the majors with 0.89 WHIP and is tied with Verlander in pitching WAR at 3.5, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He’s third in ERA+, trailing only Beachy and Ryan Dempster. And on top of that, look at what Dickey has done since May 22.

In those 48.2 innings pitched, Dickey has been charged with a grand total of one earned run. Actually, Dickey hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 43 innings.

Since May 22, Dickey has a K/9 rate of 11.67. He has a 63/5 K-t0-BB ratio. He has a fly ball rate of just 30 percent. All from a guy who barely throws 85 MPH with his dancing knuckleball. It’s only been about two and a half months, but this is out of the realm of Hough or Candiotti or Wakefield. Right now, R.A. Dickey is pitching like a young Phil Niekro with a better strikeout rate.

Not too shabby for a guy who has overcome a traumatic youth and has been on eight teams since 2006. He should be gearing up in a few weeks to showcase his knuckler as the National League’s starting pitcher in the All-Star Game.

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