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Does RA Dickey have to do everything for the Mets?
It seems that he does, especially of late. The Mets entered Saturday’s game with the Astros on a six game losing streak including a four game sweep of the lowly Colorado Rockies.
So who do the Mets turn to to end their skid? Dickey of course.Dickey had another Cy Young caliber outing to earn his 16th win of the season when the Mets beat the Astros 3-1. Dickey went seven innings allowing one run on five hits while striking out two. Dickey also helped the anemic Mets offense when he drove in a run with an infield single.
He might not be expected to do everything, but he did his best on Saturday.The start was just the latest example of just how good Dickey has been this season. Dickey is 16-4 with a 2.76 ERA and 183 strikeouts to only 41 walks. If he were to stop pitching today he would have good enough numbers for Cy Young consideration.And he’s doing all of this playing for a team that may finish last in their division.
Not only do Dickey’s numbers support Cy Young consideration, but he has also been one of the feel good stories of the 2012 baseball season. The 37-year old knuckleballer has never been in the limelight like he has with the Mets, and he always seems to be taking it in stride.
He’s also never put himself over the team despite his breakout season and the Mets recent plunge into the basement of the NL East.
After earning his 15th win against the Miami Marlins, Dickey was more focused on stopping a home losing streak than his 15th win.
“That nine-game streak that was stopped today is more important than the 15 wins,” Dickey said after that game.
But perhaps the biggest reason Dickey should get the nod for National League Cy Young is because he is doing all this while playing for a team that makes it nearly impossible for him to win. Just like Felix Hernandez did for Seattle in 2010, Dickey has single handily won the Mets games while also being robbed of numerous wins by their ineffective bullpen and inability to score enough runs.Hernandez won the American League Cy Young Award that year with only 13 wins.
Of course, there is still a month left in the season for Dickey to either strengthen or ruin his resume. If Dickey finishes strong and gets a few more wins under his belt, it will be hard to argue against him winning his first Cy Young Award.
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