A report Wednesday night claims the Mets are planning to appeal R.A. Dickey’s one-hitter in the hopes of turning it into a no-hitter.
ESPNNewYork.com‘s Adam Rubin reports that Terry Collins said after the game that the team will appeal the lone hit against Dickey. It was an infield hit in the first inning by David Wright on a B.J. Upton slow grounder. Wright tried to field it barehanded, knowing it was the only way to get the speedy Upton. It bounced off his hand and was ruled a hit.
While it would be nice for the Mets to have a second no-hitter this month, I hope the play is not reversed, which it almost certainly will not. First of all, the ruling was correct — had Wright fielded it with his glove, there was no way he was going to throw out Upton at first. It was a do-or-die play, and like many plays of this ilk, it didn’t work, and it was correctly ruled a hit.
Secondly, it would be a tainted no-hitter. Remember the pressure Johan Santana was under in the late innings of his masterpiece? Well, Dickey didn’t have that pressure because he wasn’t working on a no-hitter. Who’s to say what would have happened? Perhaps he would have cracked and allowed a hit.
The Mets should just leave it as is — another superb performance by the best pitcher in baseball this season.