GAME 3 PREVIEW: Mets at Braves, 7:10 PM

R.A. Dickey (3-7, 3.98 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 2.00 K/BB): 2011 has been a tale of two pitchers for Dickey. Before tearing the plantar fascia on bottom of his right foot,  Dickey had owned a 4.50 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 1.59 K/BB. Essentially, the knuckleballer was hittable, didn’t have control of his sole pitch, and looked more like the journeyman than the 2010 spectacle. However, after that fateful May 26 game, Dickey has turned on the switch. The pitcher has since posted a 2.66 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 3.4 K/BB in 23.6 innings (spanning three starts)–and even recorded a ten-strikeout game (his career best). Hopefully this Dickey is here to stay. (Career vs. Braves: .281/.356/.446 line with a 4.40 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 1.33 K/BB)

Mike Minor (0-2, 4.50 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 1.36 K/BB): Minor has looked pretty mediocre at the Major League level in four starts this season. The good news is that he’s simultaneously dominated in Triple-A. In 60.6 innings at Triple-A this season, the 23 year-old has posted a 2.23 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 4.20 K/BB. It’s only natural to hope Minor would instantly shine like, say Tommy Hanson, did when he first got a taste of the show, but Minor might just need a full season in the bigs to fully adjust to real-deal hitters. (Career vs. Mets: .350/.400/.400 line with a 3.60 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 1.33 K/BB)


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