The Mets scored the game's only run in the top of the first when Lucas Duda doubled home Jose Reyes. Reyes went 1-for-2 with two walks to raise his average to .335.
Dickey struck out three and allowed three walks and four hits over seven innings. Josh Stinson pitched a scoreless eighth and has yet to allow a big league run, while Manny Acosta closed things out for his first save of the season and fifth of his career.
Duda is hitting .281/.351/.478 this season and, despite unexceptional defense in right, has been as good at the plate as could reasonably have been expected. He's not Carlos Beltran, but he's been a pretty good replacement since The Great One was traded to the Giants at the end of July (stats since 28 July):
Beltran missed some time due to injury and the Giants have recently fallen out of the race, while Duda has held his own against big league pitching and we can, with something resembling a straight face, at least begin talking about a significant role with the 2012 Mets.
Jokes about Dickey's 69 game score write themselves so thankfully I won't have to.
The Mets and Braves play an Irene-postponed single-gate double header at Citi Field on Thursday beginning at 4:10pm EDT. Chris Schwinden makes his major league debut against Mike Minor in the first game; Dillon Gee opposes Julio Teheran in the second.
Big winners: R.A. Dickey, +50.2% WPA, Manny Acosta, +20.2% WPA
Big losers: Ruben Tejada, -9.0% WPA, Angel Pagan, -8.7% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Peterson GIDP in sixth, +13.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Bonifacio single in eighth, -9.8% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: 84.7% WPA
Total batter WPA: -34.7% WPA
GWRBI!: Lucas Duda
Nice job by BurleighGrimes; her effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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