R.A. Dickey seems to be a player that doesn’t get excited by much.  As a matter of fact, I don’t think I have seen him smile since he was brought up from Triple A.

Maybe it’s because I am so used to seeing players pound their chests and point to the sky for every success on the field.

This includes getting a hit, a walk, a sacrifice fly, a productive out, striking out a hitter, getting down a sacrifice bunt, and grabbing the regular flavor of sunflower seeds instead of the dreaded barbecue-flavored ones.

Most pitchers would appear to be thrilled with having a 2.84 ERA and a 2-0 record in their first three starts.

Not R.A. Dickey.

Upon watching him at the end of today’s game, he appeared to be heading out to his lunch break after a successful Powerpoint presentation over next quarter’s revenue.

Enjoy it, R.A.!

To each his own, I guess.

Frankly, I don’t care if he ever cracks a smile, as long as he continues to put the Mets in position to win the games he starts.

I much prefer Dickey’s workmanlike approach to his game. 

It strikes me differently than Oliver Perez’s deer in the headlights gaze or John Maine’s scowl every time something goes wrong.

If you stop and think about it, his reaction is realistic.  It would look awfully ridiculous if Dickey were to scream at the top of his lungs while he was going with a Tiger Fist Pump.

Especially after striking out someone with a 77 mph knuckleball.  It doesn’t quite fit like blowing away a hitter with a 98 mph fastball.

Some Dickey detractors may point out that today’s performance included four earned runs.

That number is deceiving, because he kept the Brewers close, enabling the offense to finally break free and put the Mets ahead.

It is also crucial that he pitched seven innings, which gave the bullpen a rest.

Only time will tell if his output will be consistent or if he is in the middle of a hot streak.

I just hope that deep down inside he is enjoying this.

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