R.A. Dickey Sets Mets Consecutive Scoreless Innings Record

On June 13, 2012 knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey breaks the Mets franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings. Dickey pitches 32 2/3 of consecutive scoreless innings, breaking Jerry Koosman‘s previous record of 31 2/3 innings set in 1973.

Facing the Rays, 32-year-old Dickey not only sets a new Mets record for consecutive scoreless innings, but he also throws a complete-game one-hitter. He finally allows a run in the ninth inning of the 9-1 Mets win. It was Dickey’s 10th win of the year.

“I was in the moment with every pitch. I was able to keep the ball in the strike zone . . . and try to work as quickly as possible. It makes for a fun night. I really enjoyed my craft tonight.”

R.A. Dickey told Newsday

The only run is unearned due to a David Wright throwing error and two passed balls by rookie catcher Mike Nickeas. But even an unearned run breaks the scoreless streak.

Dickey would go on to win the 2012 NL Cy Young award.

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Jacob deGrom had a 31 inning scoreless streak from the end of the 2019 season to the delayed beginning of the 2020 season. It ended on July 29, 2020, against the Red Sox.

Other than deGrom, the closest any Mets pitcher has come is Bartolo Colon. On September 10, 2015, Colon was also just 1.2 innings shy of tying the record.

Colon did break the record for most consecutive scoreless innings for a pitcher 42 years of age or older. Colon passed Cy Young at 27 IP, and Warren Spahn also 27 IP.

“I’m really proud. I surprised myself. I didn’t know at this stage of my career I could do that kind of stuff and perform like that. So I’m really happy.”

Bartolo Colon told MLB

While R.A. Dickey holds the franchise record with 32 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, Jerry Koosman is next on the list with 31 2/3 innings, and deGrom is tied for third with Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and Colon, all at 31 innings.

The all-time MLB scoreless innings streak belongs to Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser. In 1988 Hershiser pitched 59 consecutive scoreless innings.