R.A. Dickey's Season In Mets Historical Context: Start #15

June 24, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) pitches against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

R.A. Dickey may have had his second-worst start of the year against the Yankees on Sunday evening, but that doesn't mean he's not still putting up numbers that rank among the best the Mets have ever seen from a starting pitcher.

Through fifteen starts, here's how Dickey '12 compares to Seaver '73 and Gooden '85:

IP ERA K BB
Seaver '73 123.1 1.97 105 29
Gooden '85 119.1 1.79 125 31
Dickey '12 105.0 2.31 106 24

Dickey has fallen off the pace just a bit, but a dominant outing against the Kemp-less Dodgers on Friday night could bring his ERA back down to an otherworldly level.

There's still a good chance that Dickey gets the start for the National League in the All Star Game since he has a bunch of wins, a useless stat by which pitchers are still judged when it comes to things like the All Star Game. If that's what it takes to give him the job over some of the other elite pitchers in the National League, well, so be it.

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