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New York Mets: Why R.A. Dickey Is a Lock to Win This Year's Cy Young Award

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18:  R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets celebrates after pitching a complete game one hitter against the Baltimore Orioles at CitiField on June 18, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. R.A. Dickey pitches a second consecutive one hitter, striking out career-high 13 batters, as the Mets defeated the Orioles 4-0.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJune 25, 2012

Have you ever seen an 80 mph knuckleball before?  Meet R.A. Dickey.  It's not necessarily textbook, but that's Dickey.

The 37-year-old New York Mets ace has seen an 11-1 record this season.  Until seeing a potent New York Yankees team, Dickey had not given up a run in over a month. 

He's had three complete games, two shutouts and a 2.31 ERA. 

Against the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays, Dickey was able to throw a one-hitter.  More impressively, these were consecutive games.  Against Baltimore, Dickey's tricky antics were too much for them, as he threw for 13 strikeouts.  The same could be said against the Rays, as the Mets pitcher threw for 12 strikeouts.

It's not like these two teams are jokes in the American League East. 

If Dickey does in fact win the National League Cy Young Award, he would be the first knuckleballer to do so.  Some of the past winners have used the knuckleball, but not 85 percent of the time, like Dickey does. 

The knuckleball is arguably the hardest pitch to solve in all of baseball.  A knuckleball has never traveled as fast as how Dickey throws it.  It's truly a remarkable pitch.  It's an impossible pitch to teach.

Dickey is one of 10 players who have thrown consecutive one-hitters.  This guy is no fluke.

Let's face it, Dickey is not competing for this award in the American League against pitchers like CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander. 

Dickey is not only turning heads for a guy his age, but he is giving the Mets a new life to the postseason.

Dickey is one of the leaders in the strikeout category, as well, with 106. 

Against the Bronx Bombers, Dickey even scored a run himself. 

Dickey has been consistent for the Mets this season.  He hasn't walked many batters and has seen himself give the Mets faithful new life.

His home run to Nick Swisher on Sunday night was the first in 52.2 innings.  The 37-year-old has certainly given some solid showings to those at Citi Field.

Take that, Tim Wakefield. 

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