Making The Season Worth Watching
September 28th, 2012 by slangon

It’s become painfully clear that 2012 is a lost season for my beloved New York Metropolitans. I don’t think I’m making any kind of groundbreaking statement by saying that. What has taken a little bit of the sting out of that is the fact that there are a couple of feel good stories going on within the team that have made watching the remaining few games worth while. One of those stories I made mention of yesterday.

Another of those stories has to do with this guy.

R.A. Dickey won his 20th game yesterday when the Mets overcame some early deficits to defeat the Pirates (barely, thanks to Jon Rauch) by the score of 6-5. In the process, he became the first Mets pitcher to win 20 games since Frank Viola did it way back in 1990. That’s 22 years without a 20 game winner.

He also became the first knuckleballer to win 20 games since Joe Niekro did it for the Astro’s way back in 1980.

In the National League, R.A. currently stands 2nd in wins, 2nd in E.R.A. and 1st in strikeouts. He’s also 1st in innings pitched, complete games and shutouts. Are those good enough for Cy Young consideration? I’m not sure. I do know that although Clayton Kershaw is ahead of him in the E.R.A. department (by 0.01), he’s only got 12 wins on the year. Although Gio Gonzalez has 1 more win than him, he currently sits in 6th for E.R.A. and 4th for strikeouts. How does all that factor into Cy Young voting? Again, I don’t know, but R.A. has certainly put himself squarely into the discussion.

Plus, he still has one more start to pad his resume a little bit.

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