Sunday, September 23, 2012

New York Mets: R.A. Dickey, Nineteen and Counting

From the desk of:   HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET


NEW YORK METS: R.A. Dickey Creeping Up On Twenty Win Season.  Posts Most Wins By Mets Pitcher Since 1990 Season.  Sixth Mets Pitcher In History With At Least Nineteen Wins In A Season.

R.A. Dickey's amazin' season continues.  He won his nineteenth game Saturday against the Miami Marlins.  This is the twelfth time a Mets pitcher posted at least nineteen wins in a season.  The last Mets pitcher to post this many wins was Frank Viola, who won twenty games during the 1990 season.  Lastly, R.A. Dickey is only the sixth pitcher in Mets history to post this many wins in a season.  He will now try to become the sixth Mets pitcher to post twenty wins.

In the battle for the Cy Young Award, R.A. Dickey is leading two of the three pitching Triple Crown categories.  He is the National League leader in earned run average and strikeouts.  His nineteen wins place him second behind Washington's Geo Gonzalez for the league lead.  He also leads the National League in innings pitched, complete games and shutouts.  His WHiP ranks second.

Dickey has failed to pitch six innings or better in a game a mere three times this season.  Saturday in Miami was the eighth time this season R.A. Dickey pitched into the eighth inning or better.

R.A. Dickey is now 19-6 this season.  The Mets are 21-11 when he pitches.  He is 9-4 versus the N.L. East.  Dickey owns a 5-0 record over Miami this season.  He owns multiple wins over St. Louis, Arizona, and Washington.

With eleven games remaining in the regular season, R.A. Dickey will have two more cracks at gaining his twentieth victory.  His next start is scheduled for Thursday against the Pirates.


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