Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 6/4/12

It seems to be way too early to start talking about the Cy Young race, even for New York Mets fans who have watched their top two starters dominate a formidable St. Louis Cardinals line-up to the tune of back-to-back complete game shutouts.  The Cards ranked first in the NL in runs scored heading into Friday night’s action, but then they ran into one of the best 1-2 punches in all of baseball; Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey.

The St. Louis Cardinals are second in the NL in runs scored. They would probably be first if not for @johansantana and @RADickey43 ! #Mets about 21 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @metszilla metszilla

As I said on Saturday, I’m almost dumbfounded by how how RADiculous #43 has been this year and especially of late.  He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts (16 1/3 innings) and with his stellar performance against the Cardinals he and Johan repeated a feat they last accomplished in August of 2010 against Colorado; back-to-back complete game shutouts.  Over his last three starts the Dickster has spun 23 1/3 innings of 1-run ball (0.39 ERA) with an astounding 30:1 K:BB ratio.

The numbers he and #57 are putting up are of the video game variety and it certainly has people talking.

#Mets RA Dickey & Johan Santana have combined to allow 0 ER & just 21 baserunners over their last 34 1/3 IP. June 2, 2012 7:33 pm via Twitter for AndroidReplyRetweetFavorite @SBerthiaumeESPN Steve Berthiaume

The conversations extend beyond just the numbers as Buster Olney of ESPN even shared his thoughts of how the NL Cy Young race would shape up if the season ended today.

If NL Cy Young voting were today, Gio Gonzalez would be the frontrunner — and Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey would be in the conversation. June 3, 2012 6:20 am via webReplyRetweetFavorite @Buster_ESPN Buster Olney

I think it’s hard to leave Stephen Strasburg out of the conversation (6-1, 2.35 ERA) as well as Brandon Beachy (5-4, 1.87 ERA), but it’s been a while since the Mets had two pitchers garnering such attention.  With his win on Saturday R.A. Dickey improved to 8-1 on the season and moved into a tie for the MLB lead in wins with Cole Hamels and Lance Lynn.

Photo by Michael G. Baron

It’s like I wrote yesterday, the conversation is changing in Mets land and it’s nice to be talking about batting titles, Cy Young awards and pennant races instead of trade partners, departed stars and lost seasons.  Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey are as responsible as any players on this team for seeing the team’s culture change and regardless of whether or not they win a Cy Young award at the end of the year they have fans believing that no matter who the opponent is, when our aces are on the mound, anything is possible.


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