Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 9/5/12

Oh that R.A. Dickey just keeps on dazzling for the New York Mets.  This afternoon it was a day game against the St. Louis Cardinals that stood between Dickey and his MLB leading 18th win and as usual, the 37-year-old knuckleballer came out on top.  R.A. went 6 2/3 innings while allowing just 2 runs on 8 hits as New York downed the Cards by a score 0f 6-2  (seriously, the Mets offense actually got their starter some run support thanks to Ike Davis‘ 26th homer of the season).  After the game Dickey made the following tweet:


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thanks all. that was fun tonight. what a bomb by ike too. we are playing better. see you tomorrow. August 31, 2012 11:38 pm via webReplyRetweetFavorite @RADickey43 R.A. Dickey

Fun indeed, as Dickey became the first Mets pitcher to reach 18 wins since Frank Viola (20-12) and Dwight Gooden (19-7) both did so 22 years ago in 1990.  With the victory R.A. now takes sole possession of the MLB lead in wins and appears to have a serious shot at 20 victories on the season.

With the Reds Johnny Cueto seeing his ERA rise from 2.23 to 2.58 over his last 9 starts, while Dickey has lowered his earned run average from 2.97 to 2.64 over his last 8 outings, the gap between the two Cy Young candidates is now razor thin.  Of course with relievers like Craig Kimbrel of Atlanta and Aroldis Chapman of Cincy having incredible seasons, the race is far from decided.

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Dickey’s 11th ‘day victory’ ties Cueto for the most in the majors and helps #43 become just the third Mets pitcher to reach double-digit wins in day games in a single season (Tom Seaver, 12 in 1975 and Dwight Gooden, 10 in 1985).  The stats continue to pile up for R.A., as does his fanfare, and one can only hope that the Mets front office sees what this means to fans when they sit down at the bargaining table this offseason to discuss a potential contract extension.  Forget about Dickey being a good guy, or a good story, let’s just accept the fact that he’s turned into a really good pitcher and reward him for his merits on the field, which hopefully culminate with a Cy Young award.


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I think cardinals stadium is my second favorite ballpark behind citi. Beautiful place and knowledgeable fans. Thanks for the encouragement. about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @RADickey43 R.A. Dickey

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