If not for the whim of an official scorer, we might have had out second-ever franchise no-hitter on Wednesday.
And if not for another botched play by David Wright and two passed balls by Mike Nickeas, R.A. Dickey would be continuing an amazing shutout inning streak.
Such are the things we can worry about when the Mets are winning. After getting swept by the Yankees, the Mets have now taken two in a row over the Tampa Bay Rays – and in convincing style, too.
After Jordanny Valdespin beat up on the Rays in the 11-2 Tuesday win, the “slump bunch” kicked things in gear for Wednesday’s 9-1 pounding. Imagine: three hits from Andres Torres and two each from Daniel Murphy, Nickeas and – imagine! – Ike Davis. Even Jason Bay got on base.
But the second run was really all that was needed, as Dickey continued his masterful ways. He now leads all MLB pitchers with 10 wins – and leading to the Flag of Victory flying proudly again.\
Yeah, we took the Yankees series off. To many undeserved gnome appearances.