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Game 3 Preview: Mets at Cubs, 2:20 PM

R.A. Dickey (2-5, 4.71 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 1.62 K/BB): 2011 has been up-and-down for the knuckleballer. Just when you think Dickey has turned a corner, he loses his command. Both his hits/9 (from 8.5 to 10.7) and BB/9 (from 2.2 to 3.3) are up so far this season, which is essentially the difference between Dickey’s successful 2010 and his current, status quo. If Dickey can limit the hits and lower his walk total, he has a chance of repeating his 2010, but as of right now, he can’t entirely be relied on for quality starts. (Career vs. Cubs: .320/.346/.560 line with a 10.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB)

Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 4.88 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 1.86 K/BB): On the surface, it appears as though Zambrano is much improved from last season (heck, he was removed from the rotation). However, despite his lowered BB.9 (from 4.8 to 3.2), his K/9 has taken a huge hit (from 8.1 to 5.9). While his 1.86 K/BB is on-par with his career average, Zambrano is nothing without his ability to strikeout opposing hitters. (Career vs. Mets: .232/.327/.359 line with a 3.52 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 1.75 K/BB)


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