Despite a season that fell apart shortly after the All-Star Break, (which will lead to the New York Mets not making the playoffs for the sixth-straight year, the fourth-straight without the team in contention), Mets fans have plenty to watch down the stretch.
In R.A. Dickey, New York Mets fans have a potential 20-game winner who is also a candidate for the National League Cy Young Award. If Dickey reaches 20 wins, he would be the first Met to accomplish that feat in 22 years, when Frank Viola won 20 games in the 1990 season. If he wins the Cy Young Award, he would be the first Met to do so in 27 years, when Dwight Gooden won it in 1985. He would also join Gooden and Tom Seaver as the only New York Mets Cy Young Award winners.
Despite a loss Tuesday in which he only gave up one run, Dickey has a record of 15-4. He leads all National League pitchers with 181 strikeouts, and only two pitchers have more wins, with 16. If Dickey can recapture some of his magic from the first half of the season, he will have a legitimate shot at winning the Cy Young Award.
Pitcher Matt Harvey made his Major League Debut on Thursday, July 26, 2012, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched into the sixth inning without allowing a run, while striking out 11 in earning his first Major League win.
In his five Major League starts, he has allowed two runs or less in four of his five starts, and has a very respectable ERA of 3.00. He has also struck out a total of 34 batters in 30 innings. Every five days, Harvey offers Mets fans hope of having a starting pitcher that can be a fixture for years to come.
The New York Mets may not be in a pennant race in the 2012 season, but there are at least two reasons for Mets fans to continue to show up at CitiField. Dickey’s quest for 20 wins and a Cy Young Award should be exciting down the stretch, and the growth of a young pitcher in Matt Harvey should provide plenty of excitement as well.