The legend of R.A. Dickey continues to, erm, grow. Dickey shut down the AL's third-best offense (by OPS), limiting the Tigers to just four hits and two walks over eight innings. Not content to dominate merely with his arm, Dickey also chipped in a seventh-inning walk and came around to score on Ike Davis's two-run double.
Dickey threw just 97 pitches in his eight innings, but was lifted in the ninth for Francisco Rodriguez, who hadn't worked since Friday night's near-debacle against the Yankees.
Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 and hit his sixth triple and home run of the year and now has a higher slugging percentage than Jason Bay, .434 to .423. His OPS is up to .761, good for fourth among National League shortstops.
This and that.
- Angel Pagan seemed to tweak something after fouling off a pitch in the fifth inning. He was removed from the game for pinch hitter Jesus Feliciano in the seventh. The injury has been deemed a muscle spasm and Pagan's prognosis for return is day-to-day.
- Dickey coaxed just six swinging strikes out of Tigers batters -- 6.2% of his pitches -- far fewer than his season mark of 10.9%, which is among the highest in baseball. Tim Lincecum leads the majors with a 11.9% swinging strike rate.
- Jeff Francoeur smiled through another 0-for-4 night. His .318 wOBA is 24th among 26 qualified right fielders.
- Incredibly, Henry Blanco saw just five pitches in his four at-bats. Blanco doesn't have time to sit around waiting for something special; he's got shit to do.
On day that saw Seinfeld make trip to the booth
Dickey makes case that his dominance is truth
Reyes' cycle bid missed only a double
This team, plus Beltran, could give NL trouble
Big winners: R.A. Dickey, +42.4% WPA, Jose Reyes, +21.2% WPA
Big losers: Jason Bay, -5.8% WPA, Jeff Francoeur, -4.5% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Wright RBI double in third, +13.4% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Wright ground out (with runner on third) in first, -5.8% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +43.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: +7.0% WPA
GWRBI!: David Wright
Nice job by astromets; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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