Mets decide not to use Dickey more often

Mets' starter R.A. Dickey pitches against the Baltimore Mets' starter R.A. Dickey pitches against the Baltimore Orioles. (June 18, 2012) Photo Credit: David Pokress

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While R.A. Dickey said Tuesday he would be open to the possibility of pitching on three-days' rest instead of the usual four, the Mets have no immediate plans to do so -- even after Terry Collins considered it last month. Collins went as far as to map out a schedule for Dickey that would have him start more frequently, but scuttled those plans upon further reflection.

"Maybe we were going to try it for a month to see if it worked," Collins said before Tuesday's game. "We just haven't been brave enough to try it just yet because I think it just screws up the other guys also.

"I'm not worried about R.A. as much. But I do believe because it would be such a drastic change, I think he would fatigue. I think he would get tired."

It's tempting. Dickey threw his second consecutive one-hitter Monday night and is the only pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to throw back-to-back complete games while striking out 10 or more batters and allowing one hit or fewer. He also has five straight starts without allowing an earned run and striking out eight or more -- the longest in major-league history. As for pitching every fourth day, Dickey didn't dismiss the idea.

"I would be willing to dialogue with them," Dickey said. "I wouldn't say yes immediately. I would talk through what that looks like."

Extra bases

Jason Bay had another MRI Tuesday, but the Mets provided no update on his concussion symptoms . . . With three games in which their pitchers allowed one hit or less in a calendar month, the Mets became the first team to accomplish the feat since, well, the Mets in September 1991. Pete Schourek and David Cone did it themselves, with Cone also combining with Jeff Innis for the third.

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