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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 24:  R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets looks on as Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals rounds the bases after connecting on a two-run home run in the sixth inning at Citi Field on July 24, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) R.A. Dickey, last night.

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The Mets’ Second-Half Nightmare Continues

The Mets have been pissing their season away over the past couple of weeks, and even some of the season's feel-good individual stories aren't so good anymore: Johan Santana, for instance, is on the disabled list, and R.A. Dickey (who might have been the best story in baseball a month ago) has been unspectacular of late. After allowing four earned runs in six innings last night, Dickey has an ERA of 6.49 in four starts (and one relief appearance) so far in July. (For comparison's sake, his ERA in June was 0.93.) And though wins aren't a particularly important stat for a pitcher, in the latest Mets defeat to Washington last night, Dickey took his first loss since April 18, ending a streak of eleven straight wins in games in which he got a decision. The Mets have now lost five straight games, and they're 1-10 since the All-Star break.

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