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October 2, 2012

Mets Notes: Dickey wins #20, Wright becomes King, Davis hits #30

by @ 9:32 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

Took about a month off from blogging for several reasons, ranging from a sick pet(Lucifer is doing MUCH better) to concerns about my own health. But the chief reason I stopped writing was this team was making me crazy. After one August loss, I called up Comcast and cancelled my MLB Extra Innings package, offering to pay them money to take the Mets away from me. What was once a fun team to cover(The entire first half of 2012) became an unwatchable beaten lot(The entire 2nd half). I do this job because I love the game and talking about it. I stopped liking this team and the same old answers and excuses turned me away. With the season coming to close, I feel refreshed and eager to focus on 2013 and going forward. Before we do that, lets look at some important accomplishments individual Mets have achieved in 2012.

R.A. CY?: Mets Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey became the 9th 20 game winner in Franchise history September 27th when he K-ed 13 in 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. I have written countless times on the amazing Dickey, who should win the 2012 National League CY Young award. On a 4th place team, he was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA in 34 games(33 starts) while striking out a league leading 230. The Mets dealt with injuries to the rotation(Lost 3 of the 5 rotation members that broke camp in April to season ending ailments) and an inconsistent bullpen all season. Dickey assumed the role of staff saver with 233 2/3 innings pitched; but he provided both quality and QUANTITY. The former Tennessee Volunteer had an NL high 26 quality starts(6 innings or more, 3 earned runs or less) as well. All of these numbers justify the award but when you realize Dickey has been pitching with a torn right abdominal muscle since April, his season is even more remarkable. The injury will be corrected with a non-invasive procedure(Scheduled for October 18th) and he should be 100% for Spring Training 2013.

KING DAVID: 3B David Wright passed Ed Kranepool with an infield hit on Sept 26th giving him 1419 and the homegrown product who grew up as a Mets fan could not have been happier. “This organization means a lot to me,” Wright said. ” I wear the uniform with pride, and it’s obviously a humbling moment.” #5 also is the franchise leader in doubles, extra-base hits, walks,RBIs and runs. Wright’s future(he has a club option at $16 million for 2013) will dominate the Mets offseason.

IKE HIKE:The patience the Mets coaching staff and front office showed when 1B Ike Davis when he struggled thru the season’s first two months paid off when he exploded in the 2nd half of the campaign with 19 homers(tied for 5th in MLB) and 40 rbi. The popular 1B hit .185 in April then .153 in May but Manager Terry Collins stuck with him and the 3rd year major leaguer hit his 30th homer of 2012 September 24th. Fans need to realize a slow start was to be expected- he missed most of 2011 with a serious ankle injury and was felled with Valley Fever in Spring Training. Davis, who also brings excellent defense to the diamond, should be a key component for the Mets heading into 2013 and beyond.

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