Mets vs Phillies Preview: Game #83 — R.A. Dickey vs Cole Hamels

June 29, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Tonight's game notes, courtesy of @Mets.

What: Mets vs Phillies
Date: Thursday, July 5, 2012 • 7:10 p.m.
Where: Citi Field • Flushing, NY
Starters: LHP Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.08) vs. RHP R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.15)
Info: Game #83 • Home Game #43

Starting Lineup

Ruben Tejada – SS
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Scott Hairston – LF
Lucas Duda – RF
Ike Davis – 1B
Josh Thole – C
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
R.A. Dickey – RHP

METS AT A GLANCE: Following yesterday’s 9-2 loss, the Mets have won five of their last seven games.

AT HOME: The Mets are 24-18 at home this year...The 24 wins are tied for the sixth-most in the majors.

SERIES NOTES: The Mets are 3-5 in rubber games this year, including 1-3 at home and 0-1 vs. the Phillies...Overall, the Mets are 12-12-2 in series and 6-5-2 at home.

METS STARTERS: Have pitched 6.0 or more innings in 17 of their last 18 contests...During that span, they are 9-7 with a 2.66 ERA (36 earned runs/122.0 innings).

LAST START: Earned his major league best and career-high 12th win in the Mets’ 9-0 win vs. Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium on June 29…Dickey became the first pitcher in the majors to reach 12 wins this season...Pitched 8.0 innings, allowing no runs and three hits...Walked one and struck out 10...This was his fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season, which is the tied for most in the majors with Yu Darvish (Tex), and the sixth of his career...Also recorded his 14th quality start, which is tied for the most in the majors...Last season, Dickey recorded eight wins in 33 games, 32 starts...His 22 quality starts also led the team last season...Has won his last 10 decisions, a career-high.

PITCHER OF THE MONTH: Dickey was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for the month of June...Went 5-0 with 0.93 ERA (five earned runs/48.1 innings pitched)...Began the month with 37 consecutive innings without surrendering an earned run dating from June 2 vs. St. Louis to June 24 vs. New York...Threw three complete games and two shutouts...Recorded three double-digit strikeout games, doubling his career total...Also threw consecutive complete-game one-hitters while striking out 10 or more in each.

ALL-STAR: Dickey was named to the NL All-Star team, the first such honor of his career...He will represent the Mets along with third baseman David Wright and manager Terry Collins...No Mets starting pitcher has started an All-Star game since Dwight Gooden in 1988 at Pittsburgh’s Riverfront Stadium.

RANKS: Has fanned 116 in 113.0 innings this season, good for the fifth highest strikeout total in the majors and second in the NL...His K/BB ratio of 4.64 ranks fifth in the majors and fourth in the NL...Since May 12, Dickey has issued 11 walks, which ties him for 11th-fewest in the majors among qualifying pitchers who have pitched a minimum of 45.0 innings.

IMPRESSIVE STRETCH: In his 11 starts dating from April 25 to June 18, Dickey was 9-0 with a 1.21 ERA (11 earned runs/81.2 innings pitched)...Had a quality start in all 11 turns...Among all MLB starters during that time, Dickey ranked first in wins (nine), first in innings pitched (81.2), first in ERA (1.21), and first in opponents batting average (.162)...Overall since April 25, Dickey is 10-0 with a 1.51 ERA (16 earned runs/95.2 innings) and 101 strikeouts.

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