Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 24th
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (42-28) at New York Mets (39-33), 8 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Yankees - CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.55)
NY Mets - R.A. Dickey (11-1, 2.00)
(Sports Network) - R.A. Dickey tries to continue his amazing run this evening
when the New York Mets close the 2012 edition of the Subway Series against the
Yankees at Citi Field.
"For me, it's another game on the schedule," Dickey said. "I think that helps
me put it in perspective. It's one of three games that we have to play in this
series against a good team. I think it's been built up to some kind of
crescendo, but I will attack it no differently."
Dickey has been magnificent for the Mets this season and on Monday became the
first major leaguer to throw five straight games with no earned runs and at
least eight strikeouts in each, while becoming the third pitcher since 1945 to
hurl back-to-back one-hitters, joining Sam McDowell (1966) and Dave Stieb
After holding the Tampa Bay Rays to just one hit on June 13, the 37-year-old
knuckelballer allowed one hit and struck out a career-high 13 to beat the
Baltimore Orioles on Monday to win his sixth straight start, ninth consecutive
decision and improved to 11-1 on the year, while lowering his ERA to 2.00.
Dickey is also the first NL pitcher to toss consecutive one hitters since the
Boston Braves' Jim Tobin in 1944.
"I'm going to leave it to you guys to explain it," Dickey said. "I'm just
going to try to be in the moment with it. I don't really feel much more
confident than I did the last couple years. I've always felt like I have a
pretty good knuckleball. I worked hard to do that."
Over his last six starts Dickey has pitched to a 0.18 ERA and is 42 2/3
straight innings without allowing an earned run are the most by a Mets pitcher
since Dwight Gooden went 49 innings without giving up one in 1985.
"A lot of people haven't seen R.A. Dickey do what he's doing right now," Mets
manager Terry Collins said on Saturday. "I just hope tomorrow night he's as
effective as he has been, because it'll be fun to watch for the person that's
heard about him but never seen him pitch."
Dickey has faced the Yankees nine times (3 starts) and is 3-1 against them
with a 2.30 ERA.
Lost in the shuffle on Sunday may be lefty CC Sabathia, who will oppose
Dickey, trying to win his third straight start. Sabathia went the distance to
defeat the Atlanta Braves on Monday, holding them to a pair of runs and seven
hits. He also struck out 10 and ran his record to 9-3, while lowering his ERA
Sabathia is 3-1 in four starts versus the Mets with a 2.25 ERA.
The big left-hander, who is a career .245 hitter, is also looking forward to
taking some swings against Dickey's knuckleball.
"I'm sure his knuckleball is a little better than my cousin's Wiffle Ball in
the backyard," Sabathia said. "We'll see."
The Yankees evened this series at a game apiece on Saturday, as Raul Ibanez
and Eric Chavez homered in a four-run seventh inning to propel the Bronx
Bombers to a 4-3 win.
Ibanez hit a three-run homer off Mets starter Chris Young to tie the game and
Chavez added a go-ahead solo blast two batters later off Jon Rauch (3-7).
"It was a big win for us," said Chavez. "We had lost three games in a row and
R.A.'s throwing tomorrow, so we really needed to pull this one out."
Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered for the Mets in the loss, but their four-game winning
streak came to an end.
David Wright extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single off Rafael
Soriano in the ninth inning and Daniel Murphy hit a long fly ball to right
with two outs, but it was caught to end the game and give Soriano his 14th
The Yankees are 8-3 against the Mets since the start of 2011.
06/24 10:32:28 ET