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Why R.A. Dickey Won’t Win Cy Young Award

From drive-by commenter “Tomahawk Chop,” commenting on the “Cy Young Smackdown: R.A. Dickey vs. Craig Kimbrel” post of October 1:

Mets fans are such sore losers even before the seasons over. The only reason this article exist is because with all of Dickey’s “amazing” starter numbers, ( yes the mets pun refers to ininngs pitched, strikeouts, whip, shutouts, complete games, batting average against) there’s still a shadow of doubt he won’t win the cy young. Why? Afraid the voters might pick the pitcher with the greatest strikeout ratio EVER in baseball, (16.7 Single season record, 15.9 career MLB record) A closer who struck out 49% batters he faced, (that translates to AT LEAST a strikeout every appearance by the way struckout 4 COUNT EM 4 batters in one inning for a save on 9/26/2012) Go ahead try and justify it with some horrible arithmetic that if that was your logic you might as well give the cy young to Johan Santana for throwing the Mets first no hitter. Kimbrel is lights out, (something that can’t be said of any of the Mets revolving door of closers Fransico, Rauch, Parnell) Kimbrel has been absurdly dominant, 1.02 ERA (second only to Fernando Rodney’s MLB record 0.60) MLB leading whip of 0.654, NL leading 42 saves, AND if you don’t believe he’s been dominant check this stat out: ONLY 27 hits allowed 7 ER, 7 R, (remember 231 batters faced, 116 strikeouts ONLY 27 HITS!) Are you kidding me???? If your gonna compare apples and oranges or in this case Starters to Closers, compare them by the criteria they’re judged by. Either way Dickey might of had a “magical” season but Kimbrel is only getting better and has well established himself as the BEST closer in baseball and put up the BEST numbers by one in a single season. And the best comparison and argument you can come up with is Eric Gagne and his save percentage? Weak…. But what can you expect from fans of a team that choked after the allstar break crashing in a ball of fire back to the snake bitten franchise that other teams beat up on to make it to the postseason. Either way if the only thing you guys have to cling to is one award for a journey man pitcher who the Mets will probably trade away anyway, maybe the voters will throw you guys a bone. From Braves country, looking forward to watching the Bravos spank you guys in 2013 and years to come!

My, my, didn’t take long for those Braves fans to become ornery, seething, and bitter. I suppose that’s what happens when Bud Selig changes the rules at the last minute and pulls a Wild Card security blanket out from under your feet — in turn, making your winter misery only one day shorter than a Mets fan’s.

Reading between the vitriol, “Tomahawk” does present valid points. If you measure dominance in terms of

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Mets Game 34: Loss to Dodgers

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A weekend sweep wasn’t in the cards for the Mets, but at least they finished their homestand with an even 3-3 record. And yes, going .500 is something to be pleased about when you are in last place with a 15-19 overall record.

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Today’s Mets Lineup vs. Dodgers

The Mets go for the sweep against the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon. Here is the lineup they will send to the plate against lefty Clayton Kershaw:

Jose Reyes – SS
Justin Turner – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Jason Bay – LF
Ronny Paulino – C
Ike Davis – 1B
Scott Hairston – RF
Jason Pridie – CF
R.A. Dickey – P

Not surprising to see Justin Turner in there against the lefty, particularly after his big hit last night. Mildly surprising to see Ronny Paulino catching R.A. Dickey, but he historically destroys lefthanded pitchers. You may be surprised to see him hitting ahead of Ike Davis, who is arguably the Mets’ best hitter in this young season. But, Ike has only 4 hits in his last 28 at-bats and is hitting just .179 against lefties this year.

Hey look: Scott Hairston is playing right field. Though Carlos Beltran is scorching the ball, he hasn’t had a rest in quite some time. And remember, Hairston was signed specifically to spell Beltran and to hit against LHPs.

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Mets Game 99: Loss to Dodgers

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For the fourth time in ten days, the Mets were shut out.

What else is there to say?

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey was outstanding, allowing no runs on 2 hits and no walks, striking out 6, through 5 2/3 innings. However, he slipped on a pitch to Russell Martin, prompting Jerry Manuel and trainer Mike Herbst to visit the mound to inquire on his condition. This is the way it was described on MLB.com:

Dickey was dominant through the first five innings, surrendering just two hits, but he fell to one knee after a pitch to Russell Martin, prompting manager Jerry Manuel and a team trainer to visit the mound.

Dickey appeared to be fine after the brief visit and subsequently retired Martin and Clayton Kershaw without any obvious difficulties.

The two outs didn’t seem to convince Manuel, and Dickey was pulled prior to Xavier Paul‘s at-bat.

Dickey appeared unhappy with his manager’s decision to take him out of the game.

First off, Dickey did not “appear to be fine” and though he did retire Martin and Kershaw, the difficulties were apparent if not obvious. Dickey was definitely favoring his left leg and looked a bit stiff after the slip.

That said, I can’t really get on Jerry Manuel for forcing R.A. from the game — he is, after all, the second-best pitcher in a rotation that cannot afford to lost another starter. If I am to criticize Jerry it will be for leaving him in after his first visit to the mound. Manuel has said that Mike Pelfrey needs to “pitch with more conviction”, but he should take his own advice and manage with more conviction.

In the end, it didn’t matter that Dickey left, because the Mets continued their anemic effort at the plate. Clayton Kershaw scattered 7 hits in 8 innings but didn’t allow a run. The ninth inning was ably handled by Kenley Jansen, a 6’6″ rookie from Curacao who was a AAA catcher this time last year. Though, we can’t be surprised that the Mets couldn’t do anything against a catcher-turned-pitcher — they struggled against Felipe Lopez after all.

In all seriousness, Jansen looks like a tough customer. He was bringing it at 95 MPH and had a pretty nasty overhand curve. At this point he is far ahead of Jenrry Mejia, to provide a comparison.

Luis Castillo was the only Met with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 including his third double of the season. Third. I know he’s missed some time but, wow.

Next Mets Game

The Mets cannot leave the Left Coast fast enough. They take a day off on Monday to return home to beautiful Flushing and begin a three-game series against the Cardinals beginning on Tuesday at 7:10 PM. Jonathon Niese heads to the mound against Jaime Garcia.

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