New York Mets All-Star knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for the month of June.
In six June starts, Dickey posted a 5-0 mark with a Major League-best 0.93 ERA (48.1 IP/5 ER), three complete games, two shutouts, 55 strikeouts. Dickey’s 48.1 innings pitched were the most in baseball last month while his .131 opponents batting average and 0.60 WHIP were the lowest among qualifying Major League hurlers. In his six outings he allowed just eight free passes, posting the N.L.’s fourth-best strikeouts-to-walks ratio (6.88). His five wins were tied for the most in the Majors. Dickey, who will represent the Mets at the 2012 Midsummer Classic in Kansas City, notched his Major League-leading 12th win of the season on Friday, June 29th in a 9-0 win at Dodger Stadium. With the victory, Dickey surpassed his previous career-high of 11 wins (2010). The victory also marked a career-high 10th-straight decision in which the veteran righty recorded a win. Dickey had his stretch of 44.2 innings without allowing an earned run snapped in the third inning of his June 24th start vs. the Yankees. The streak was the longest in the Majors since Orel Hershiser’s 59.0-innings without allowing a run (earned or unearned) in 1988 and was the second-longest in Mets franchise history behind Dwight Gooden’s 49.0 innings in 1985. Dickey tossed consecutive onehitters on June 13th at Tampa Bay and June 18th vs. Baltimore, becoming just the 10th player since 1900 to pitch backto- back one-hitters. Dickey fanned 12 batters on June 13th before striking out 13 on June 18th, setting new career highs each time and becoming the first pitcher in modern history (1900) to record back-to-back one-hitters with 10-or-more strikeouts in each game. It also marked the first time a pitcher had thrown consecutive complete games while allowing one hit or less in each since Toronto’s Dave Stieb accomplished the feat in September 1988. It had not been done in the National League since Boston Braves hurler Jim Tobin in April 1944. With 116 strikeouts this year, Dickey currently ranks second in the N.L. while his 2.15 ERA ranks third among qualifying starters. This is his first career monthly award and the first by a Mets pitcher since Johan Santana in April 2009. On Sunday, it was announced that the 37-year-old Dickey, a first round pick in 1996, made the National League All-Star roster as the highest ranked pitcher (342 votes) on either the National League or American League Player Ballot.
Other pitchers receiving votes included Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (4-1, 1.72 ERA, 33 SO, 33.2 IP); San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner (5-0, 2.42 ERA, 45 SO, 44.2 IP) and Matt Cain (4-1, 2.11 ERA, 48 SO, 42.2 IP), who threw the 22nd perfect game in Major League history on June 13th; Washington reliever Tyler Clippard (0.00 ERA, 10 SV, 12 SO, 11.2 IP); and Milwaukee’s Zack Greinke (3-0, 1.70 ERA, 33 SO, 37.0 IP).
The National League Pitcher of the Month for June 2012, R.A. Dickey will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his performance.