I decided that I wanted to take on the Cy Young candidates for this year because my hat is currently in the ring, so to speak. Although I’m the Orioles writer here, I’m also a noted long-suffering Mets fan, and I’ve got a candidate to back this time around!
That being said, it’s time to get this show on the road, so here are your three candidates for National League Cy Young Award.
R.A. Dickey, New York Mets: I’m not even going to lie about my bias here, because I’d absolutely love to see a knuckleballer — from a team I watch, nonetheless — take home the Cy Young. A knuckleballer has never won the coveted pitching prize, but perhaps this is the year.
Let’s talk about Dickey’s year for a minute here. He went 20-6 with the Mets. THE METS. That’s practically impossible in this day and age. He started 33 games and turned five of them into complete game performances, with three of those being complete game shutouts. In the 233.2 innings he pitched, he struck out 230 people whilst only walking 53 people, less than his two non-knuckleballer rivals. For a knuckleballer, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP are nothing to dismiss, either. The man was simply on fire this season.
That’s not to say that the other two weren’t on fire at all. It’s just really unusual to see a knuckleballer with such glowing stats.