Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/1/12

He's just about all there's left to enjoy in the New York Mets' season at this point, and on Friday night R.A. Dickey at least added to the storybook year he's having.

Dickey grabbed a share of the major league lead in wins with his 17th, pitching a complete-game shutout in the Mets' 3-0 win over the Marlins.

The knuckleballer has insisted he doesn't want any special treatment in his pursuit of 20 wins or his contention for the NL Cy Young award.

But he added to his chances for both with another gem, allowing five hits, walking three and striking out seven.

"This guy wants to win the Cy Young," manager Terry Collins said afterward. "He wants the opportunity to win 20 games, but he is not about to put that over and above what the team is about, and that's winning. I think that's what makes him a special guy."

Dickey usually acknowledges when he's had enough, but he left it up to Collins whether he should go out for the ninth Friday.

"Terry said, 'I want to run you back out there,' " Dickey said. "It's nice to have a manager you can really communicate with."

Dickey acknowledged it would be impossible for him to not desire the top pitching honor that's, at least, within his grasp.

"Sure, I hope for it," Dickey said. "What pitcher doesn't? What little kid doesn't, as he grows up, want to be a Cy Young award winner?"

But he said he isn't likely to reach it if that becomes his focus because he's "found that when I don't live in the moment, it doesn't work out."

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