There has not been a lot to look forward for the New York Mets in this second half of the MLB 2012 season. The lone bright spot left, R.A. Dickey, may have just watched his light fade after his 6th loss of the year. Even with eclipsing the 200 strikeout mark and pitching seven innings, Dickey had no help as the Mets offense was stymied by Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies for eight innings.
Now standing at 18-6 with a 2.67ERA, there is no guarantee that Dickey will be able to acquire 20 wins with three starts left. What Terry Collins should have done if he was trying to push Dickey to the mark in order to win the Cy Young award, was start him yesterday against the Milwaukee Brewers. On the road, the offense had a better chance of actually helping their knuckleballer, but by keeping him in Citi Field, there was almost no chance at all.
The Mets are now 4-25 at home since the All-Star Break and with the putrid numbers they are putting up at home, there is no way that Dickey gets to the mark. Dickey looked good tonight against a resurgent Phillies team that was beginning to actually make a run towards a wild card spot until losing three out of four to the hapless Houston Astros. The problem is that once the Mets are down by two or more runs at home, there is no looking back for the opposition.
So Dickey will have to wait until 2013 to hopefully make a run at the feat and undoubtedly it will hinder his chances at a CY Young for this year. Unless for some reason the voters decide to go the right way and vote for pure stats instead of just wins and losses, the season basically ended tonight for one of the best storylines of the year.
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