The energy in the stadium was ELECTRIC! I was so proud to see Mets fans come out and show their support on a Thursday afternoon on the last home game of a miserable season. Fans cheered the entire 9 innings, gave Dickey countless standing ovations, and even stayed after the game to watch Dickey’s post-game interview with Kevin Burkhardt on the field. He may not have had his best knuckler and was pretty burned out through half the game, but with a 3 run shot from David Wright for the lead, Dickey worked his way through it. Terry Collins made sure Dickey came out for the 7th inning until a Pirate got on base so that he could take in the cheers and standing ovation from the crowd. That was a great call from Terry!
Dickey is the first Mets pitcher to have 20 wins in a season since Frank Viola did it in 1990. Besides Viola, Dickey joins Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, Jerry Koosman, and David Cone, who all had at least 20 wins in a season.
Over 7.2 innings, Dickey struck out a career high-tying 13, increasing his season total to 222, which leads the National League. Dickey is second in the league in wins behind Gio Gonzalez, leads the league in not only strikeouts, but innings pitched, complete games and shutouts. And he has the second lowest ERA in the NL (2.69)! Let’s not forget Dickey is playing on a team with a .465 winning percentage!
There are a lot of pitchers who have had a great season, but Dickey has taken an uncontrollable pitch and controlled it. He has remarkable numbers, worked harder than anyone I have ever seen pitch, and deserves the Cy Young without a doubt. He has one more outing on the season, most likely coming on Tuesday against the Marlins, and this could really help his standings. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens! Congrats to Dickey on his 20th win and an amazing season!
KILL JOYS!! Last night, the Mets ruined Chipper Jones’ tribute night in front of the 8th largest crowd at Turner Field as Lucas Duda hit a three-run bomb in the 7th to lead the Mets to a 3-1 win. Boy, it feels good to quiet the crowd! HAHA Jon Niese was dominant, giving up only a home run to Freddie Freeman in the 4th. This has been a great year for Niese. He posted career highs in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts and career lows in ERA, walk rate, and WHIP. Niese’s durability to last through a season has been questioned during his time with the team, but he proved critics wrong with this season! Congrats to Niese on an amazing season! Let’s keep this going next year!