R.A. Dickey became the sixth pitcher in New York Mets history to win 20 starts in a single season. Dickey, 37, won his twentieth game this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Of course, the twentieth win came in classic Mets fashion: After leaving the game in the 8th inning, Dickey watched nervously as his 6-3 lead dwindled to 6-5 in the 9th before Bobby Parnell somehow managed to save the game.
In my book, this automatically locks up Dickey as the NL Cy Young winner. Dickey has the lowest ERA out of the top 5 “wins” leaders and is the kinda guy you gotta root for. After growing up as a sexually abused child, having a lackluster pitching career, Dickey shifted towards the knuckle-ball late in his career and re-emerged as a dominant pitching force over the past few years. Dickey is definitley one of the nicest guys in the MLB and The Audio Dope couldn’t be happier for him. Congrats guy.