Today on Grantland Bill James released his list of 100 best pitchers duels of 2011. As you can imagine R.A. Dickey was on the list. He received two mentions, both pretty high up at numbers 13 and 29. The September 17th game againts the Braves was a lot of fun to watch, anyone who stopped watching Mets baseball in late September missed a classic Dickey gem. I have said it before and I will say it again for posterity, the first Mets no hitter will be thrown by R.A. Dickey.
You can read the write ups from James below:
13. September 17, 2011, Mets in Atlanta, R. A. Dickey against Tim Hudson
Scoreless duel until two were out in the bottom of the eighth. In the eighth inning Dickey walked the leadoff man, Jason Heyward, who moved to second on a bunt, to third on a groundout, and scored the game's only run on a single by Chipper Jones. Hudson and Kimbrel, four-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts. Atlanta 1, New York 0.
29. September 24, Phillies in New York, Cole Hamels against R. A. Dickey
(Game 1 of a doubleheader.) Mets 2, Phillies 1.