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