The last three series the New York Mets have played were all sweeps. Unlike cross-town rivals the New York Yankees, who have swept three straight series, the New York Mets swept the Tampa Bay Rays while being swept by the Yankees and Cincinnati Reds.
The Mets will have a chance at redemption against the Yankees this weekend, as they host the Yankees Friday through Sunday. The marquis match up of the series will be Sunday night on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, as C.C. Sabathia, who is 9-3, takes on 11-1 knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is enjoying the best streak of his career.
Dickey is arguably the best pitcher in baseball right now, as he became the first player to pitch back-to-back one hitters since Toronto Blue Jays’ Dave Stieb did it in1988. Dickey’s streak of innings without an earned run is now 42 ⅔, the second-longest streak
in Mets history. The franchise record for consecutive innings without allowing an earned run is 49 by Dwight Gooden, who set the record in 1985.
With the Baltimore Orioles currently in town and the New York Yankees in this weekend, the New York Mets will need the starting pitchers to help R.A. Dickey, and the offensive players to help David Wright, both of who have been carrying a tremendous load. If other players step up, the Mets can get back to playing consistent baseball. If not, the Mets will fall out of contention and toward another failed season.