R.A. Dickey pitched a one-hit shutout for the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo. He gave up a hit to the first batter and then retired the next 27 in a row.

After the first batter, Dickey pitched a perfect game, and only needed 90 pitches to do it.

“I felt like I could throw another nine (innings) right now and have the same result,” Dickey said. “That’s a good feeling.”

I’ve actually written about Dickey a few times recently because he has been pitching so well and economically lately. Here are his numbers: 3-1, 2.33 ERA, 38.2 IP, 5 GS, 2 CG, 1 SO, 22 K, 5 BB.

The reason why he might be helpful is because the Mets bullpen has been one of the most taxed in all of baseball. Mets relievers have thrown 82.1 innings and only the Pirates bullpen has thrown more.

With his efficiency, Dickey could help eat up some innings. The ‘pen has been a strength so far, but if these pitchers don’t get a rest soon they will eventually break down and become a weakness.

The thing is right now nobody is going to come out of the Mets rotation. Both Oliver Perez and John Maine are in danger of being taken out, but it hasn’t come to that. Hopefully they either keep it together, start going deeper into ball games or Dickey is able to keep his knuckleball together until he is needed.


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