Johan Santana is Johan Santana. If he got a little more run support, his record would definitely be better than 4-3 (he does have a 2.96 ERA).

Mike Pelfrey has been lights out -- 8-1, 2.23 ERA.

Jonathan Niese is showing tantalizing signs -- one-hitter against the Padres on Thursday -- of being a very effective pitcher for the Mets.

Then there's R.A. Dickey. Dickey's best season was in 2003 with the Texas Rangers. He went 9-8 (13 starts) with a 5.09 ERA. The knuckleballer, however, has given the Mets strong outings in each of his four starts this season:

May 19 vs. Washington: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 SO, 4 BB -- ND
May 25 vs. Philadelphia: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 7 H, 7 SO, 3 BB -- W
May 30 vs. Milwaukee: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 3 SO, 0 BB -- W
June 4 vs. Florida: 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 4 SO, 2 BB -- W

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Season stats: 3-0, 3.20 ERA

Only two Orioles have faced Dickey in the past five seasons -- Julio Lugo is 0 for 3 and Miguel Tejada is 0 for 2.