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Despite the machinations of Bud Selig and his expanded playoff format for Major League Baseball, there are plenty of teams with little to play for in the final month of the season. Sitting 19.5 games back of the National League East Division leading Washington Nationals, the New York Mets probably fall into this category.

Of course, there remain a couple of things that the team has going for it that might keep fans interested.

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The Dominant R.A. Dickey

R.A. Dickey has been incredible for the New York Mets. Armed with a knuckleball that dances like Fred Astaire, Dickey made the Baltimore Orioles looks absolutely foolish last night, pitching his second straight one-hitter shutout as part of his team’s 5-0 victory. The Dickster¬†struck out a career-high baker’s dozen while walking just two batters and inducing 17 swinging strikes.

Dickey is the first pitcher to throw back-to-back one-hitters since a certain fella with the Toronto Blue Jays named Dave Stieb did it back in 1988. He’s the first National League pitcher to do it since Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves back in 1944.

Dickey’s amazingness extends beyond just his last couple of starts, too. Over his last five starts, he hasn’t allowed a single earned run, while striking out 52 and walking five of the 142 batters he’s faced over 41 2/3 innings. Unsurprisingly,¬†R.A. Dickey currently leads the National League in wins, ERA, strikeouts, WHIP, shutouts and complete games.

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