The return of Johan Santana will be sure to dominate the New York headlines, but that shouldn’t take away from our true ace of the past two years: R.A. Dickey.
Patrick Flood offers an intriguing comparison that is sure to open the eyes of Mets fans:
R.A. Dickey, 2010-11: 383 innings, 58 starts, 3.08 ERA, .304 OBP against, .372 slugging against, 124 ERA+
Tim Lincecum, 2010-11: 429.1 innings, 66 starts, 3.08 ERA, .306 OBP against, .354 slugging against, 124 ERA+.
And he also adds:
If the Mets can squeeze 550 mediocre innings and 150 not-awful innings out of Jon Niese, Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey and Dillon Gee, they’ll be okay…The Mets’ rotation was actually just 10th in ERA (out of 16 teams) in the National League last season. If the starters can repeat that performance and the bullpen improves, the Mets could make a run at having an average pitching staff.
Average is not something a professional team in New York should be striving for, but the pitching staff, with a revamped bullpen, may just surprise fans in 2012.