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R.A. Dickey voted N.L. Most Outstanding Pitcher

Mets pitcher voted NL's Most Outstanding Pitcher by peers.

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

New York Mets knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey was named the MLB Players Association's Most Outstanding Pitcher Monday at its annual Players' Choice Awards.

The award, which is voted on by Dickey's peers, came after the 37-year-old righty compiled his best season ever, going 20-67 with 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts. He led the National League in innings pitched, strikeouts, shutouts and complete games.

Dickey beat out Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and the Cincinnati Reds' Johnny Cueto, who each were named finalists for the award. Winning this award is a good indication Dickey is one of the favorites to win the NL Cy Young Award, which will be announced Nov. 14.

To win it, Dickey will need to beat out Gonzalez, Cueto, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves, who're all strong candidates.

If Dickey is able to win the Cy Young, he'll become the third Mets' pitcher to do so. Tom Seaver (1969, '73 and '75) and Dwight Gooden ('85) were the other Mets pitchers to accomplish the feat.