The New York Mets came in to the 2012 season with high hopes. Players were dead set on proving many people wrong by putting together a competitive season. They did a pretty good job of shutting their critics up early in the season, but the team eventually, and predictably came back down to earth in the second half of the season.
A lack of depth caused a magical Mets season, to transform into yet another miserable season for the Amazins'.
With that said, 2012 has a chance to be a very special year for the Mets. Johan Santana became the first Mets pitcher to toss a no-hitter, way back in June, and something better might be on the way.
The Mets have the famous knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who has been absolutely fantastic all season long. Dickey revived his career a few years back, and now finds himself in the thick of a Cy Young race. With that said, many people don't believe that a knuckleballer is worthy of this prestigious award.
The knuckleball is anything but a traditional pitch, and isn't really a favorite among the baseball purists. It is a deceiving pitch that anyone can throw. Nearly every person who has played catch in their life has tried to toss a knuckleball.
The pitch is indeed, fun to throw, but it is an extremely hard pitch to master.
Dickey seems to have mastered the knuckleball and has even crafted it to fit his own pitching style. He throws it at several speeds, with most of the speeds being unusually high for a knuckleball. This is where Dickey's knuckleball distinguishes itself among the other ones.
Dickey has constantly been fooling hitters with his coveted pitch and making them look silly. His wacky pitch has yet to be solved this season, and it has led Dickey to a statistically successful season, despite being on a losing team.
He has compiled 19 wins, and will have at least one more chance this season to crack the 20 mark. Dickey has also managed to put together a sparkling ERA of 2.66, which is the best in the league. His 209 strikeouts also lead the league, and he has only surrendered a mere 52 walks.
That is an extremely low number for any pitcher, but it is unheard of for a knuckleballer. The pitch usually has a mind of its own and can be more than wild, but Dickey has defied the odds and has kept it under control for the most part. A 4.02 strikeout to base on ball ratio is what should really impress people about Dickey's milestone season.
Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals, is Dickey's biggest competitor in this year's Cy Young race. Gonzalez is a great pitcher, but his season can't hold a candle to Dickey's. The only things that he has on Dickey is the fact that his team currently has one of the best records in baseball, and he is also a traditional pitcher.
With that said, there is a strong feeling surrounding Dickey in the Cy Young race. It would be fantastic to see Dickey win the award, and even better to see that the voters didn't succumb to the baseball traditionalists theories.
There is no right way to win games, and Dickey has more than showed that this season. A win is a win, no matter how far away you stray from the games roots.
R.A. Dickey winning the Cy Young won't bring the New York Mets to the playoffs, but it will be a symbol for all of Dickey's hard work and perseverance that ultimately brought him to this point. There is no better person to win this award than the knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey,