Tonight, the Yankees will turn to ace CC Sabathia to take the second edition of the Subway Series from their crosstown rivals; the Mets, in turn, will look to their ace R.A. Dickey to do the same. Wait, “ace”? What about Johan Santana? John Niese? Well, yeah, I do mean ace. Here are some of his season numbers: 11-1, 99.0 IP, 9.36 K/9, 1.91 BB/9 (amazing for a guy with a knuckleball as his primary pitch), .243 BABIP, 83.8 LOB%, 2.00 ERA, 2.73 FIP, 2.71 xFIP (all incredible). As my new colleague Josh (welcome!) eloquently put it:
Dickey has not lost since April, having won or received a no-decision in his nine starts since. Having gone nine innings in three of his last four times on the mound, including two one-hitters in his last two outings, Dickey is not only a heavy favorite to start at Kauffman Stadium on July 10th, but also in great position to give the Mets their first Cy Young Award winner since 1985, when Dwight “Doc” Gooden took home the honors.
Yeah, he has been that good. Let’s see if the Yankees can make him look mortal tonight; if not, they might be in for a long game.
(And hello again! I’m back from Europe and getting settled in the States again, in case anyone missed me.)
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