We discussed the improbable tale of R.A. Dickey last week in this very space, but after the 37-year-old soft-tosser produced his second consecutive one-hitter Monday night — a 5-0 win over Baltimore, which is managed by the man who prodded Dickey to experiment with a knuckleball, Buck Showalter — we need to roll out some dizzying factoids, courtesy of the Associated Press:
• Dickey became the first major leaguer in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters.
• Dickey struck out a career-high 13 (Monday) and allowed only Wilson Betemit’s clean single in the fifth inning. He has not permitted an earned run in 42 2-3 innings, the second-longest stretch in club history behind Dwight Gooden’s streak of 49 innings in 1985.
• Dickey (11-1) walked two and became the first 11-game winner in the majors, befuddling Baltimore with knucklers that ranged from 66-81 mph in a game that took just 2 hours, 7 minutes.
• A longtime journeyman before joining the Mets in 2010, Dickey has won a career-best nine straight decisions and six consecutive starts. He is tied for the major league lead in ERA (2.00), strikeouts (103) and complete games (three).
• It was his fourth game this season with double-digit strikeouts, most in the majors, and the fifth of his career. The right-hander has an incredible 71 strikeouts and six walks in his last seven starts.
• The only active knuckleballer in the majors, Dickey has a 1.21 ERA and 88 strikeouts during his nine-game winning streak.
• The Mets said Dickey has made five straight starts with no earned runs allowed and at least eight strikeouts, the longest streak in major league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.