Given the way R.A. Dickey pitched this afternoon, the Mets scored far more than enough runs to beat the Diamondbacks. Dickey hadn't been terrible over his past few starts, but he certainly hadn't been as dominant as he had earlier in the year.
In seven excellent innings of work, Dickey notched eight strikeouts, walked three, and allowed just one unearned run. He threw 111 pitches, 72 of which went for strikes — 15 of those were swinging strikes, a 13.5 percent rate that is well above the major league average.
At the plate, Scott Hairston, Daniel Murphy, and Andres Torres each had two hits. Murphy now has 32 doubles on the season, and — assuming he isn't traded in the near future — has a very good shot at joining the very short list of Mets who have hit 40 doubles in a season.
The Mets head out to San Francisco for another four-game series, and the first game begins tomorrow at 10:15 pm EDT. Jeremy Hefner and Madison Bumgarner are listed as the probable pitchers.
Big winners: R.A. Dickey, +32.5% WPA, Scott Hairston, +14.0% WPA
Big losers: Ruben Tejada, -8.8% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: David Wright's rib-eye double in the first, +11.0% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Paul Goldschmidt's rib-eye single in the sixth, -4.9% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +37.4% WPA
Total batter WPA: +12.6% WPA
GWRBI!: Scott Hairston