The New York Mets' R.A. Dickey will be one of three finalists for the NL Cy Young Award, putting him in line to be the first knuckleballer ever to win the pitching award.
Dickey, along with Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals. and last year's winner, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is up for the top prize in pitching, to be awarded next Wednesday. The 38-year-old's rise to pitching prominence has been one of the great stories in baseball, as he finally put together the pieces to become a dominant pitcher over the last few seasons. The only active player who throws the knuckleball, Dickey led the league in strikeouts with 230, and somehow managed to go 20-6 for a team that only won 74 games, pitching five complete games, three shutouts. His 2.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP were career highs.
If Dickey were to win, it would be the fifth time a Met received the award and first since Dwight Gooden in 1985.