Mets ponder pitching R.A. Dickey every 4th day

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The idea is certainly appealing to the New York Mets: R.A. Dickey on the mound every four days instead of five.

Dickey puts less stress on his arm than a conventional pitcher because he features a knuckleball. So he probably needs fewer days of rest between starts. And with Dickey the most dominant force in baseball right now, Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged the thought of starting his unlikely ace more often than usual is definitely tempting.

Still, the Mets have no plans to try it at this point, though Collins conceded that if they make the playoffs they'll have a potential weapon most other teams wouldn't.