Dickey threw a one-hit shutout, striking out 13, while walking two and only allowing a two-out single to Wilson Betemit in the fifth inning.
In the past two games the knuckleballer has thrown 18 innings and allowed just one unearned run, two hits and two walks while striking out 25. I should probably also mention that some believe Dickey’s performance against the Rays should have been classified a no-hitter.
Dickey became the first player to throw consecutive games of one hit or less since Dave Stieb of the Toronto Blue Jays did it on Sept. 24 and Sept. 30 of 1988. He also became the seventh to accomplish the feat all-time.
Monday night’s win was Dickey’s fifth-straight start without allowing an earned run and his third complete game in his last four outings. To put that in perspective, he hasn’t given up an earned run since May 22 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Dickey is putting together an incredible season. He is now 11-1 with a 2.00 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. He also has 103 strikeouts against just 21 walks.
By getting the victory on Monday night Dickey has now tied his career-high with 11 wins on the season.
There is no doubt that Dickey is having the best season of any pitcher in baseball right now and there is nothing to suggest it won’t continue.