After he got hosed out of starting the All-Star game, Mets fans want R.A. Dickey to get the Cy Young Award for the 2012 season more so than normal. Unfortunately, he is likely behind Johnny Cueto and Clayton Kershaw at this point in the season in the minds of the voters. There’s still time for Dickey to make up ground on the leaders but if he is unable to do so, we can blame a five-game stretch in July for him not winning the award. Here is his season, broken down around that July slump:
Beginning – 113 IP, 2.15 ERA
Slump – - 26.1 IP, 6.49 ERA
Since – 43.0 IP, 2.09 ERA
Even if he does not win the Cy Young Award, Dickey will wind up with one of the best years by a pitcher in Mets history. With a full month of the season to go, only 20 pitchers in team history have won more games than Dickey’s 16. The last pitcher to claim more win was Al Leiter back in 1998 when he won 17 games. Dickey is also looking to become just the fourth Mets pitcher this century to top 200 strikeouts. In 2005, Pedro Martinez fanned 208 batters, three years later Johan Santana recorded 206 whiffs and in 2000, Leiter posted 200 Ks.
METS SP BY XFIP – Seven pitchers have made at least seven starts this season for the Mets and the quality has generally been very good. Here they are sorted by their IP:
It is exciting and weird to think that next year’s rotation might have Santana as the weak line.
THE ODD TRIO – Three players on the Mets have 7 SB and 2 CS this year. They are: Scott Hairston, Daniel Murphy and Jordany Valdespin. On a team starving for speed, they have combined for a 78 percent success rate on their 27 steal attempts. If you take these three players out of the equation, the Mets have just 41 SB on the year and have been successful on just 61 percent of their steal attempts. Angel Pagan (21) and Jose Reyes (29) have combined for 50 SB this season.
EXTENSION WORTHY? – David Wright has had a terrific bounce back season in 2012 and everyone assumes that the Mets will pick up his option and look to lock him up with a long-term contract. But is that really in the team’s best interests? Wright has a .921 OPS this year and looks like a Gold Glove defender in the field. But his offensive performance in the second half has taken a nose dive. Here are his splits, along with his 2011 numbers:
1st Half – .351/.441/.563 with 47 Ks in 356 PA (13.2 K%)
2nd Half – .256/.349/.423 with 43 Ks in 195 PA (22.1 K%)
2011 —— .254/.345/.427 with 97 Ks in 447 PA (21.7 K%)
Second half Wright looks eerily like 2011 Wright and no one was demanding that we sign that player to a $100 million contract. First half David Wright is worth the money. Second half David Wright is not. The Mets are in a terrible position because they need to prove to the fan base that they are serious about keeping their star players and would suffer a huge PR hit if Wright left. But Sandy Alderson was brought in to be the adult in the room and it’s hard to justify a nine-digit contract to a guy who had a .772 OPS last year and now has that exact same mark in the second half of 2012.
SPLITS BY STARTS – As the Mets continue to do everything in their power to avoid doing the right thing and simply DFA Jason Bay, there has been talk about how they might platoon him in left field with Lucas Duda in 2013. Meanwhile, the Mets are 45-40 this year when Duda starts and are 19-25 when Bay is in the starting lineup. When Bay has been a starter without Duda, the club is 9-16. Yes, by all means, let’s find ways to get that guy in the lineup!
MORE NUMBERS SINCE MANNY – We haven’t checked in on the bullpen in a little bit, which continues to do a fine job since Manny Acosta returned to the majors on July 24th. Here are the numbers for the seven current relievers since Acosta’s recall:
Terry Collins would undoubtedly say this is all because the team now has two lefties in the bullpen, completely ignoring that one LHP has a 4.05 ERA, the other has just 4 IP and that the improvement started long before Carson was recalled. Rauch deserves the lion’s share of the credit for the bullpen performance but Acosta, Parnell and Ramirez have all done well, too.