Thursday, September 06, 2012

New York Mets: R.A. Dickey Becomes 7th Met Hurler To Win Eighteen

From the desk of:   HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

R.A. Dickey Becomes Only Seventh Met Pitcher
To Reach Eighteen Wins.
Tom Seaver - 6x
Doc Gooden - 3x
Jerry Koosman - 2x
Bob Ojeda - 1x
David Cone - 1x
Frank Viola - 1x

R.A. Dickey pitched well enough Wednesday afternoon in St. Louis to win his eighteenth game.  He now owns a stellar 18-4 record and is the first hurler in Baseball this season to reach such heights.  Dickey also ranks first in the National League with five complete games.  He then ranks second in WHiP, innings pitched, strikeouts, and earned run average.

Prior to Wednesday's game, a Met pitcher won eighteen games or better thirteen times in club history.  R.A. Dickey is now the fourteenth.  Robert matches Bob Ojeda's 18-5 record in 1986, and Tom Seaver's 18-12 mark in the 1970 season.  Tom Seaver led the league in ERA that year, and posted a 1.07 WHiP.  He struck out 283 batters in 292.2 innings pitched.  Bob Ojeda posted a nifty 2.57 ERA and a 1.09 WHiP.  In 217.1 innings pitched he came in at 148 strikeouts.  R.A. Dickey will fall somewhere in between.  He currently has 195 K's on the season.  At the moment, R.A. Dickey's ERA sits at a 2.64 mark, and falling.  Amazingly, at least for a knuckle ball pitcher, R.A. has issued a mere forty-five walks all season.  With respect to winning percentage, R.A. Dickey has them both beat with an .810 win rate.  Only Ojeda is close with a .783 mark.

R.A. Dickey is now coming down the home stretch on one of the Mets all time pitching seasons.  He may be able to fit in five more starts this season.  Tom Seaver's all time mark of twenty-five wins looks safe.  So does Doc Gooden's twenty-four win season.  Next on the list however are three nineteen win seasons authored by Doc, Jerry Koosman, and Tom Seaver.


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