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Braves 1, Mets 0: Dickey's Fine Performance Goes to Waste

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A perfectly enjoyable performance by R.A. Dickey was unfortunately ruined by the Mets' complete lack of run-scoring and, of course, an opportune hit by Chipper Jones

Dickey's knuckleball was in fine form this afternoon in Atlanta, moving all over the plate while confounding the Braves' lineup for nearly eight innings. But with two outs and runners on first and third in the bottom of the eighth, Jones singled up the middle, just past Dickey's glove, to score the only run of the game.

As for the Mets' offense, well, there was no real offense. Tim Hudson struck out ten Mets in his eight innings of work, and the few chances the Mets did have to score were never really all that serious. 

When Dickey left the game in the eighth, the bases were loaded with Brian McCann coming to the plate and Tim Byrdak taking over on the mound for the Mets. As has been the case with Byrdak all year, he retired the lefty to put an end to what could have been an even worse end to Dickey's afternoon.

Craig Kimbrel retired the Mets in order in the top of the ninth inning to complete the Braves' victory.

SB Nation Coverage

* Traditional Recap
* Boxscore
* Amazin' Avenue Gamethread
* Talking Chop Gamethread

Win Probability Added

Big winners: R.A. Dickey, +15.7% WPA
Big losers: David Wright, -16.5% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Alex Gonzalez grounds into fielder's choice in the seventh, +8.7% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Chipper Jones run-scoring single in the eighth, -26.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +19.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: -69.6% WPA
GWRBI!: Chipper Jones

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Num Name # of Posts
1 MetsFan4Decades 114
2 Terry_is_God 98
3 Spike Davis 92
4 BurleighGrimes 81
5 feslenraster 76
6 Xfactor26 73
7 Greenpoint Ian 37
8 TWilliAM 32
9 graves9 31
10 Shinjo Is God 19