CAN DICKEY’S INCREDIBLE SEASON CONTINUE?
Baseball’s annual postseason awards continue this evening with the announcement of the Cy Young winners, a moment that could thrust the Mets into proud, yet potentially embarrassing moment.
Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey could be in position of winning the award and then being traded if a contract extension isn’t reached.
Only the Mets.
NATIONAL LEAGUE: The Mets’ feel good story this summer that was Dickey has a chance to get better in a few hours if he’s able to join Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden as franchise winners of the Cy Young Award.
The man who scaled a mountain last winter climbed another this season when he literally carried the team on his shoulders to go 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, and he did it with an abdominal tear that required surgery.
Dickey’s competition for the award, Washington’s Gio Gonzalez and Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw, pitching for winning teams. Dickey’s Mets were 14 games under .500 with a winning percentage of .457. Dickey’s winning percentage was an amazing .769.
There aren’t enough ways to say how incredible that is.
The Mets didn’t hit for the second half and their bullpen kicked away leads all year. There were nights when he did it all by himself.
“To win 20 on a club with struggles is pretty big,’’ Mets manager Terry Collins said. “Especially during the times we weren’t hitting, he was still winning games.’’
Dickey’s ERA was second to Kershaw’s 2.53; his 20 wins were second to Gonzalez’s 21; but, he was first in strikeouts (230), innings (233.2), complete games (five), shutouts (three) and quality starts (27).
Other than a knuckleball bias, I can’t see Dickey not winning.
AMERICAN LEAGUE: Things might be more up in the air in the American League between Detroit’s Justin Verlander, Tampa Bay’s David Price and the Angels’ Jered Weaver.
Both Price and Weaver had the type of seasons worth of a Cy Young, with perhaps loftier numbers, but Verlander is the best pitcher in the sport and could become the first repeater since Pedro Martinez (1999-2000).
Price and Weaver were 20-game winners, but Verlander dominated again and took his team into the playoffs.
My thinking is Verlander is the incumbent who pitched well enough to win again. Until somebody blows away the field, he should get it, because repeating excellence might be the single most difficult thing in sports.