Posted on: August 13, 2010 9:40 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 9:43 pm
The Mets, amazingly, have never thrown a no-hitter. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey came oh-so-close to changing that Friday night.
Only a single by opposing starter Cole Hamels in the sixth inning saved the Phillies from being no-hit by Dickey at Citi Field, as the right-hander threw the game of his career in a 1-0 victory. He walked only one batter and needed 105 pitches to polish off the second complete game of his career and first since he converted to the knuckleball.
Analysis on brooksbaseball.com shows that Dickey threw 97 knucklers (averaging 76 mph) and eight fastballs, and 70 percent of his pitches went for strikes.
According to nonohitters.com, the Mets, who have been playing for 48 years, have come within one hit of a no-hitter 35 times (Tom Seaver alone did it five times) but still haven't managed to close the deal. The Mets and Padres (est. 1969) are the only teams without a no-hitter. The Rays got their first on July 26 from Matt Garza.
-- David Andriesen
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