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Friday
Sep282012

R.A. Dickey, 20-game winner

Yesterday afternoon, R.A. Dickey (20-6) became the first 20-game winner on a sub-.500 team since Roger Clemens did it with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1997. Topping the Pittsburgh Pirates, Dickey became the first 20-game winning knuckleballer since Houston’s Joe Niekro in 1980.

Dickey is different from any other knuckle ball pitcher because he throws his at a very fast 78 mph, and yesterday he tied his career high with 13 strikeouts. The 37-year-old never had won more than 11 games in any previous season.

Dickey has thrown 3265 pitches with the fastest reaching 86.1 mph and the slowest, 43.6 mphDickey joined a small group of Mets to reach the 20-win milestone.

NY Mets 20-game winners

RkPlayerWYearLW-L%
1 Tom Seaver 25 1969 7 .781
2 Dwight Gooden 24 1985 4 .857
3 Tom Seaver 22 1975 9 .710
4 Jerry Koosman 21 1976 10 .677
5 Tom Seaver 21 1972 12 .636
6 R.A. Dickey 20 2012 6 .769
7 Frank Viola 20 1990 12 .625
8 David Cone 20 1988 3 .870
9 Tom Seaver 20 1971 10 .667
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/28/2012.

Here are some stats to see how Dickey fits in the NL Cy Young race.

NL Wins

W-L pct.

RkPlayerW-L%WL
1 Kyle Lohse .842 16 3
2 R.A. Dickey .769 20 6
3 Mat Latos .765 13 4
4 Matt Cain .762 16 5
5 Tim Hudson .727 16 6
6 Cole Hamels .727 16 6
7 Gio Gonzalez .724 21 8
8 Stephen Strasburg .714 15 6
9 Lance Lynn .708 17 7
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/28/2012.

Strikeouts

RkPlayerSO
1 R.A. Dickey 222
2 Clayton Kershaw 211
3 Cole Hamels 208
4 Gio Gonzalez 207
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/28/2012.

ERA

RkPlayerERA
1 Clayton Kershaw 2.68
2 R.A. Dickey 2.69
3 Matt Cain 2.77
4 Kyle Lohse 2.77
5 Johnny Cueto 2.83
6 Gio Gonzalez 2.89
7 Jordan Zimmermann 2.90
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/28/2012.

WAR

RkPlayerWAR
1 Johnny Cueto 5.7
2 Clayton Kershaw 5.4
3 R.A. Dickey 5.3
4 Gio Gonzalez 4.6
5 Jordan Zimmermann 4.4
6 Cole Hamels 4.1
7 Cliff Lee 4.0
8 Kyle Lohse 4.0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/28/2012.

WHIP

RkPlayerWHIP
1 Clayton Kershaw 1.039
2 Matt Cain 1.040
3 R.A. Dickey 1.050
4 Kyle Lohse 1.078
5 Madison Bumgarner 1.106
6 Gio Gonzalez 1.129
7 Cliff Lee 1.131
8 Cole Hamels 1.133
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/28/2012.

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Reader Comments (1)

Brad Radke also won 20 games in 1997, with the 68-94 Minnesota Twins.

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike
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