Call him C.Y. Dickey!
In what most thought to be a lock became a formality on Wednesday when R.A. Dickey captured the 2012 NL Cy Young award in a landslide. Dickey received 27 first-place votes en route to becoming the oldest pitcher since Dennis Eckersley in 1992—and first knuckleball pitcher—to win the prestigious honor. Dickey is the first Mets’ Cy Young Award winner since Dwight “Doc” Gooden won the award in 1985.
This award caps off a remarkable season in which Dickey captivated the hearts of Mets’ fans everywhere by throwing 27 quality starts, back-to-back 1-hitters and becoming the first Mets’ 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990.
Dickey’s final stat lines read like this:
20-6 record, 2.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and league-high 230 strikeouts in 233.2 innings pitched.
Dickey was indeed the story of the year for the Mets and maybe even all of baseball. Every time he took the mound, Dickey gave the Mets a chance to win. It’s astonishing that Dickey won 20 of the Mets 74 wins this y...