New York Mets fans, you may now breathe a sigh of relief. Your All-Star pitcher R.A. Dickey looked like the pitcher we came to know and love throughout the first half of the year while halting a couple of streaks. The most important was the nine game home loss streak that began on July 7th. Secondary was the 26-game hit streak for Jose Reyes. The way Dickey manhandled the Miami Marlins today was stupendous as he allowed only five hits and 1ER while striking out ten and going the distance.
Dickey has been coming around lately after a stretch of a few bad starts that coincided with the Mets July slide that left them scratching their heads. This is the kind of baseball that Mets fans will need to see the rest of the way if Fred and Jeff Wilpon want to see fans in the seats at CitiField. After last nights’ blowout at the hands of the Marlins, the inevitable dread was beginning to seep into the minds of fans that have seen this before. It is impossible to sit here and believe that the fate of the team will change as long as the Wilpons are the owners.
But for one day, all Mets fans were able to go to the ballpark and watch their ace gain his MLB leading 15th win of the year. If Dickey can remain on this track, he will most likely be a 22-game winner the rest of the way and be a viable candidate for the CY Young Award. In this season of record-breaking moments surrounded by a mid-season collapse and an apprehensive hope for the future, Dickey has been the brightest star in the Mets skyline.
Dickey has now only given up 3ER in his last three outings and looks to be the first Met to win a CY Young since Dwight Gooden in 1985. For Mets fans who remember, that was one of the most dominating years ever for a pitcher. Finally after nearly 30yrs, we have another pitcher to be proud of who we can hold in the same company as Tom Seaver and Gooden. In this year of the first no-hitter in Mets history, Mike Baxter’s five walk outing the other day and Jordanny Valdespin’s pinch hit home run derby, the magic continues except in the win column. Unfortunately, all personal stats are great, but as fans, you would rather see meaningful October baseball more than anything.
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