R.A. Dickey’s quest for the Cy Young Award took a slight step backwards Tuesday night with his loss to the Nationals at Citi Field. He is likely still the frontrunner, but the race has tightened.
Dickey’s record fell to 18-5. He still leads the National League in ERA, but it went up a bit to 2.68. He now has 197 strikeouts, tied for second.
Gio Gonzalez leads in victories with his 19-7 record after beating the Mets on Monday. His steadily dropping ERA stands at 2.93, good for fifth in the NL, and he is fourth in strikeouts with 191.
Johnny Cueto had a rough last outing that saw his former league leading ERA climb to 2.71, now third. He is 17-8.
Clayton Kershaw is making noise about getting in the race. He leads in strikeouts with 206 and is second in ERA at 2.70. But his record is only 12-9. I consider him a distant fourth at this point, but as witnessed by Felix Hernandez’s asinine 13-12 Cy Young year in 2010 (yes, it still bothers me!), Kershaw cannot be counted out.
Dickey still leads in shutouts and complete games, which could put him over the top in a close race.