Found July 11, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
The All-Star Break is upon us, and until game action starts up again on Friday, we're going to do a brief season in review of the 2012 MLB season thusfar. Our staff has voted on a variety of awards, and we're going to roll them out over the next four days. The National League's Cy Young race is dominated by one pitcher, with a host of others filling out the rest of the ballots. But here's the funny part: the player that's dominating the voting isn't the pitcher who leads the league in fWAR. NL Cy Young Award 1) RA Dickey (20 points, six first place votes) 2) Zack Greinke (seven points, one first place vote) 3) Matt Cain (four points) 4) Gio Gonzalez (four points) 5) Stephen Strasburg (four points) 6) Johnny Cueto (three points) RA Dickey's 2012 season has been insane. He's averaging seven innings a start, he's striking out a batter per inning with a fastball that averages 83 mph, and he went on a stretch in June where he...

Dickey pitches scoreless inning in NL’s 8-0 romp

The All-Star Game doesn’t always live up to the hype that comes with a contest between baseball’s best players, but tonight’s event was particularly one-sided, with the senior circuit jumping on top early and rolling to a 8-0 victory. American League starter Justin Verlander appeared locked in at the start when he struck out Carlos Gonzalez with a nasty breaking ball, but things...

Angels interested in Greinke?

If the Brewers decide to make Zack Greinke available before the trade deadline, the Angels might be one of the teams interested.

Carlos Ruiz Uses Special Glove to Handle Dickey's Balls

Carlos Ruiz was selected to be the one to handle the catching duties for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey during the 2012 All-Star game.  But to do so, Dickey brought along his own catchers' mitt for Ruiz to catch (pitctured above). Knuckleballs are highly unpredicable.  So much so that Tony LaRussa did not think that Buster Posey of the Giants could handle it.  But Chooch could...

Royals interested in bringing Zack Greinke back

The future of right handed pitcher Zack Greinke is still unknown. The Brewers would like to keep him long-term, but if they're unable to sign him to a multi-year contract and if the Brewers become seller, they will probably deal him. Yesterday, we learned that the Angels, Rangers, Orioles and Braves are among the teams interested in Greinke, and according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports...

R.A. Dickey Only Pawn in MLB ASG Ratings Game

How hard on hard on Tony LaRussa everyone was. He's a genius. Just read Phil Mushnick today: Knuckling under TV’s pressure A Fellow with an extensive career as both a baseball marketing and sports... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Jered Weaver, R.A. Dickey Early Favorites to Win Cy Young Award

With Major League Baseball on its All-Star Break until regular season games resume on Friday, Bovada has posted updated MLB player awards props involving the Cy Young and MVP in each league. The Red Sox thought they had two potential Cy Young candidates in the spring in Jon Lester and Josh Beckett, but pitchers have disappointed as Boston was just 12-20 in their 32 starts during...

Dickey Doesn't Knuckle Under Pressure: Steals Show On Letterman

Mets All Star Knuckleballer appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman last night, and suffice to say, he was a complete success. Some interesting points RA Dickey brought up was that a lot of the knuckle ball is about reputation. There isn't much respect until you can show that you can throw the knuckler for a strike. Dickey also said he throws the knuckle ball approximately...

Darvish variety to Dickey mastery for same results

(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Yu Darvish came to America this year with an array of different pitches. The Japanese ace has already won 10 games for the Texas Rangers with his repertoire of fastballs and breaking pitches. R.A. Dickey mastered the knuckleball and this season became an All-Star for the first time at age 37. These days, there...

R.A. Dickey Explained the Difference Between 'Squirting' & 'Popping' a Knuckleball

NY Mets ace RA Dickey appeared on David Letterman last night, giving the host a knuckleball lesson. It pops, doesn't squirt, btw. Why not click the Google +1 & the retweet buttons? **Follow us... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

What Greinke or Hamels Would Yield in a Trade

With the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies 6.0 and 10.0 games out, respectively, of the second wild-card spot in the National League, it’s probable that one or both teams will trade their front-line, free-agent-to-be starters — i.e. Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels — before the July 31st trade deadline. “What might either be worth in terms of a trade?” is a question...

Aoki, Greinke, Braun strong in first half

It's not exactly the way most would have assumed the NL Central would play out, but when the All-Star break arrived, last year's title-winning Brewers were eight games back and the eternally struggling Pirates stood alone in front. Of course, there's plenty of time left in the season, and even last year, Pittsburgh threatened to push the division contenders before falling...

It’s time for Sandy Alderson to address Mets’ needs

Everyone in Metsland seems upset that David Wright was the victim of voter fraud in San Francisco and that R.A. Dickey was the victim of Tony LaRussa arrogance/stupidity. Me, I do not care too much about either of those things. Rather what has me upset is the opening line of a column published by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman Monday night. Here’s what Heyman wrote: ”Some Mets officials...

Pre Game: The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Happy All-Star Game, Mets Fans! Tonight, Major League Baseball’s biggest stars and a bunch of guys from the San Francisco Giants gather in Kansas City for the 83rd MLB All-Star Game. First pitch is scheduled for some time around 8:15 p.m. and the game can be seen on your local FOX affiliate. Join the conversation on Twitter by following @dailystache or yours truly, @DevOnSports...
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