Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 6/8/12
Not since Frank Viola in 1990 have the Mets produced a 20-game winner.  In fact, the only Met to win as many as 17 games in a season since then was Al Leiter, who went 17-6 in 1998.  But that might change in 2012, and the man who might make it happen is R.A. Dickey. R.A. Dickey, who just extended his personal scoreless streak to 24⅔ innings (just seven innings shy of Jerry Koosman’s franchise record), is the proud owner of a 9-1 record with a 2.44 ERA through his first 12 starts.  With a full month left to the season’s midpoint, Dickey is only one win shy of seeing himself halfway to win No. 20. Will he finally end the Mets’ 22-year drought of not producing a 20-game winner?  Let’s look at all of the past 20-game winners in Mets history to see where they were after the first 12 starts of their 20-win campaigns. Tom Seaver (1969): 8-3, 2.51 ERA through 12 starts (13 games); finished 25-7, 2.21 ERA Tom Seaver (1971): 7-2, 2.01 ERA through 12 starts (13 games); finished 20-10, 1.76 E...
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