WHAT IT MEANS: If nothing else, R.A. Dickey proved that he can pitch with a partially torn plantar fascia. In his first start since tearing his right plantar fascia on May 26, Dickey tossed seven brilliant shutout innings. Unfortunately for the Mets, he gave up three runs in the eighth and that was all Pittsburgh needed to walk off of Citi Field with a win.
DICKEY PITCHES THROUGH PAIN: For the past few days, Dickey told anyone who would listen that he could pitch with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot. On Tuesday, he proved it. Dickey struck out ten Pirates in 7 2/3 innings in his first start since tearing his plantar fascia in Chicago last Thursday.
Dickey shut the Pirates out through seven by sporting one of his best knuckleballs of the season. But he got into trouble in the eighth. With two outs and a runner on first, Dickey hit Pirates leadoff hitter Jose Tabata. Josh Harrison then drove in a run with a single and, following an Andrew McCutchen walk, Neil Walker drove in two with a single up the middle. Dickey was then pulled for Jason Isringhausen.
His final line? Five hits, three runs and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. The eighth inning aside, Dickey pitched phenomenally. But would you have gone to Isringhausen to start the eighth?
7TH HEAVEN? NOT LATELY: Including Tuesday’s loss, the Mets have lost three of their last five they’ve lead after seven innings. Dickey deserves the blame for the most recent loss, but it was the Mets bullpen that blew games last Friday and Saturday against Philadelphia. Overall, the Mets are 20-4 when leading after seven innings.
SIMPLY OFFENSIVE: The Mets lone run was driven in on a squibber by Jason Bay in the bottom of the first. After that, they went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left five runners on base. Justin Turner also failed to get an RBI, snapping a six-game RBI streak. Earlier in the season, set the franchise rookie record with RBIs in seven straight games.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez did not pitch on Tuesday. He has 20 finished games, 35 games finished shy of his contract vesting at $17.5 million for 2012. K-Rod is on pace for 60 games finished.
PARNELL PITCHES IN: Reliever Bobby Parnell made his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list on Monday. It didn’t go well. Parnell allowed a bases-loaded flair to Brandon Wood that dropped in to center, scoring two runs. Parnell was on the shelf do to numbness in the middle finger of his right hand. He last pitched on April 19.
WHAT’S NEXT: Chris Capuano pitched well in his last start – a 6-4 Mets’ loss to the Phillies, allowing one earned run on eight strikeouts in six innings against the Phils. Can he duplicate that type of outing against the other big-league team in Pennsylvania? Capuano will take the mound Wednesday night against Pittsburgh, a team he has a 3-6 career record against (6.46 ERA). Overall, Capuano is 3-5 with a 4.94 ERA this season.