As the New York Mets continue to lurk in obscurity in terms of the National League playoff race, R.A. Dickey remains the top story as the season enters its final month.
Through 24 starts, Dickey's statistics are on par with the best pitchers in the league and he stands a fair chance at winning the coveted Cy Young Award.
Despite the reputation of having a terrific pitching staff throughout team history, the Mets have not had a recipient of the award since Dwight Gooden in 1985, and Dickey also has a chance to become the first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990.
There is no guarantee, however, that Dickey will dominate in those starts. He is, after all, a 37-year-old knuckleballer.
Here are four series down the stretch that could potentially derail his candidacy.