R.A. Dickey acknowledges the crowd after winning his 20th game
R.A. Dickey has made Mets history by becoming just the sixth different pitcher in the franchise to win 20 games.
He joins great company like Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, David Cone, Doc Gooden and Frank Viola. A Mets pitcher hadn't recorded 20 wins since Viola did it 22 years ago back in 1990.
Dickey pitched great today, even if it wasn't his best start. His outing started off a bit shaky when he gave up two runs in the second inning off a few hits. Former Met Rod Barajas took Dickey deep in the fourth inning on a solo shot, but that was all the runs Dickey would allow.
In the fifth inning, the Mets put up four runs and took a 6-3 lead. The surge was powered by David Wright's three-run homer to right field.
After walking a batter with Barajas coming up again, Terry Collins made a call to the bullpen and brought Jon Rauch in. Barajas hit the first pitch he saw to the warning track but the ball was caught.
Rauch gave up a two-run homer in the ninth inning to make the game a dicey 6-5. Collins didn't waste any time in bringing Bobby Parnell in to secure the final two outs of the ballgame.
R.A. went 7.2 innings, allowed three runs, and fanned 13.
Dickey for the season is now 20-6, has an ERA of 2.69 and 222 strikeouts. Those numbers are definitely Cy-Young worthy.
Congratulations R.A. on your 20-win season! And we hope to all congratulate you on the Cy Young award as well!