And then there were two — it looks like the Cy Young Award will come down to R.A. Dickey vs. Gio Gonzalez.
Former frontrunner Johnny Cueto has had a couple of rough starts that has seen him stuck on 17 wins and has his ERA climbing. He appears out of it. Sabermetrics favorite Clayton Kershaw is currently sidelined with a hip problem. Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Kershaw could pitch again this season, but he is not scheduled to throw, and with the season winding down, it is unlikely he will be able to improve his Cy Young chances.
So that leaves Dickey and Gonzalez (relievers Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman are likely to get some support, but not enough). Right now it looks like Dickey has the edge. Dickey is 18-6 and Gonzalez is 19-8 after they both lost their last outings. Dickey’s 2.67 ERA leads the league; Gonzalez is sixth at 2.95. Dickey is second in strikeouts with 205 and will take the lead in his next start because of Kershaw’s absence. Gonzalez is fourth with 196.
In addition to also leading in shutouts and complete games, Dickey leads the way with 212 innings pitched. Gonzalez has thrown just 186.1 innings, and it believed voters put a lot of stock in this.
Thank goodness for Dickey — Mets fans have something to root for in the waning weeks of another losing season.