20 game winner. NL strikeout leader. Uh…knuckleballer. Three gin and tonics ago, I probably could have come up with another superlative for R.A. Dickey, the Mets’ amazing right hander who has experience a career renaissance at an age when most guys are staring retirement in the face. Did I just spell renaissance correctly? Don’t know. Don’t care. Don’t feel like opening another internet window to go to dictionary.com.
If Dickey does not win the NL Cy Young award this year, it will be nothing less than criminal. The award, by definition, goes to the league’s best pitcher. The numbers he has put up are rivaled by only one, the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez. However, Gio’s numbers are just slightly inferior in every category, wins notwithstanding, and he plays for a better team across the board.
So here’s the facts. Dickey plays for a lousy team but leads the NL in most pertinent pitching categories. Gonzalez is second in most while playing for a very good team. Take nothing away from Gio. He’s a big reason why his Nats are a playoff team. But has he been the best? Nope. R.A. has.
If I may, I’d like to vomit for what I’m about to say. The MVP award is a bit different than the Cy Young. It is supposed to go to the most valuable player in the league, not necessarily the best or most skilled. So, as much as it kills me as a Dodger fan, I’d also like to say that if anyone but Buster Posey wins it, the award is a joke. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is more responsible for a Giants team running away with the NL West after losing its most productive player at the time (Melky Cabrera) to a doping suspension.
Oh, one more baseball bit for you. And more on this in an upcoming smear, but what kind of discussions about awards and such do you think Luis Cruz would be involved in if the Dodgers were not about to be eliminated from playoff contention? On a team with Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez, and Hanley Ramirez, the name Luis Cruz should not be the answer to the question, “Who is the Dodgers best hitter?” Is he? Nope. But he’s hitting close to .350 the last two months. When it matters. And nobody else on that offense has come close. It’s really too bad. At least for Dodger fans.
The fourth gin and tonic is now taking its effect. It just took me three minutes to type that sentence. So I’ll sign off here.