R.A. Dickey and His Main Cy Young Opposition: Why He Should Beat Them Out

Michael DeSantis@@dtrain2495Senior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2012

R.A. Dickey and His Main Cy Young Opposition: Why He Should Beat Them Out

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    Let's start off with why I think R.A. Dickey should win the Cy Young. A lot of the reasons here will play a part in why he should be able to beat out the opposition.

    His numbers this season are fantastic, and definitely worthy of claiming the award.

    He leads the National league with 18 wins and has only four losses. An amazing feat considering the team he plays for. The New York Mets have had a dismal second half and find their record at 65-73. Dickey has a chance of earning 20 wins this season. Say the Mets have 72 wins by the point he reaches that plateau. Dickey would have won more than 25 percent of his team's games.

    He is second in ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, innings pitched and third in opponents' batting average. The stats, respectively, are 2.64, 1.03, 195, 198 and .221. All very outstanding numbers. The fact that Dickey is no lower than third in all the major pitching stats is outstanding.

    There are some other very good pitchers in the National League, but here is why Dickey should be able to trump them and win the Cy Young.

1. Gio Gonzalez

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    Gio Gonzalez has had a great first year for the Washington Nationals after some years with the Oakland Athletics.

    He has an 18-7 record, a 2.98 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, 185 strikeouts and a .208 AVG in 175.1 innings pitched.

    The key differences between Gonzalez and Dickey are that the latter has better stats throughout, including a better ERA, WHIP, strikeout total and more innings pitched. The only thing Gonzalez beats Dickey in is opponents' AVG.

    Gonzalez also plays for a far better team than Dickey does. The Nationals are, in fact, the best team in baseball right now, record wise.

2. Matt Cain

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    Matt Cain has had a terrific year for the San Francisco Giants after getting that loaded contract. He's shown he's been worth every penny.

    He has a 13-5 record, a 2.98 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, 170 Ks and a 2.26 AVG in 187 innings pitched.

    Just like Gonzalez, Cain comes up short in every major statistic to Dickey, except their identical WHIP.

    Unlike the All-Star game, Dickey should be able to beat Cain out for the Cy Young.

3. Clayton Kershaw

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    Clayton Kershaw is making a solid run for back-to-back Cy Young Awards.

    He has a 12-8 record, a 2.79 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, 201 strikeouts and a .215 AVG in 199.2 innings.

    He is probably Dickey's biggest threat.

    He barely beats Dickey in WHIP, strikeouts and innings. But Dickey has a higher win total on a worse team, and a bit of a higher ERA.

    It might come down to these two. The award will probably go to whomever is better down the stretch.

4. Kyle Lohse

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    Kyle Lohse has been a very pleasant surprise for fans of the St. Louis Cardinals. It was hard to see him as a potential Cy Young winner, but here he is.

    Lohse is 14-2 with a 2.81 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, 116 strikeouts and a .240 AVG in 186 innings.

    It gets a little easier here for Dickey, who has better stats in every field. The stat that will do Lohse in is his low strikeout total.

    Unless Lohse strikes out 15 batters a game for the remainder of the season, Dickey should have no trouble garnering more votes than him.

5. Johnny Cueto

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    Heeeeere's Johnny!

    Cueto has been a huge factor in the Big Red Machine's success this season.

    He has a 17-7 record, 2.58 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 strikeouts and a .243 AVG in 188.2 innings pitched.

    Along with Kershaw, he is one of Dickey's biggest threats for the award.

    Cueto has a smidgen better ERA. Fortunately for Dickey, that's all Cueto has going against him.

    Dickey has one more win, some more innings pitched, a better WHIP, AVG and many more strikeouts.

    The rest of Cueto's stats definitely make him a top-three choice, though.