Wickedly interesting pitching matchup coming up at 4 p.m. on FOX as the Mets are in Washington: It's former Bisons knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, one of the main subjects of my feature today on the improving Bisons-Mets relationship, against Nationals all-everything rookie Stephen Strasburg.
By the way, Josh Thole is going to be catching Dickey today. A break for Henry Blanco and Rod Barajas but perhaps a ticket for Thole to stay in the big leagues as a third catcher. Jerry Manuel has said he wouldn't mind carrying three and Dickey loved throwing to Thole in Buffalo. It was Thole who caught Dickey's amazing April start against Durham, when he gave up a leadoff single and retired the final 27 batters.
Dickey is 6-1, 2.98 for the Mets in eight starts. Strasburg is 2-2, 2.27 with 48 strikeouts and seven walks in 31 2/3 innings.
Stay tuned here for more later from the ballpark on Bisons BPO night as Triple-A rookie Lucas Duda tries to set a franchise record with home runs in six straight games.
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