The honors keep rolling in for New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey, who a day after being named to his first All-Star game was chosen as the National League pitcher of the month.
Major League Baseball today announced that R.A. Dickey won the National League Pitcher of the Month award for June. It is Dickey’s first career Pitcher of the Month honor.
Dickey, 37, went 5-0 in six June starts, leading the majors for the month in ERA (0.93), innings pitched (48.1) and strikeouts (55). His five wins also tied for the major league high. The righthander tossed consecutive one-hitters on June 13 at Tampa Bay and June 18 vs. Baltimore, becoming the first major leaguer to do so since Dave Steib in 1988. He also became the fourth Mets pitcher to finish a calendar month 5-0 (or better) with an ERA below 1.00 (David Cone, May, 1988; Jesse Orosco, August, 1983; Tom Seaver, September, 1969).
Dickey, who was named to his first All-Star team yesterday, is the first Mets pitcher to win the award since Johan Santana in April of 2009. Earlier this season, the righthander won the Pitcher of the Week award for the period, May 21-May 27.”
Anthony DiComo of MLB.com also reported that Josh Thole may reach out to Buster Posey, who will be the NL’s starting catcher for the All-Star game and have the challenge of handling Dickey for the first time in his career.
Mets catcher Josh Thole has taken knuckleballs off his chest protector and his mask, his arm and his thumb. He knows what it is like to catch a knuckleballer for the first time.
So if Giants catcher Buster Posey does not call him for advice this week, Thole may try to reach out to the National League’s starting All-Star backstop. Given the overwhelming likelihood that Dickey will be the NL’s starting pitcher in this month’s 83rd All-Star Game, Posey should draw the assignment of catching him.
“It’d be a challenge, no question,” Thole said. “But he’s a good catcher. He can be back there and do it.”
Well, as long as it’s not Mike Nickeas making the call I think the advice could benefit Posey, who will certainly have his hands full while handling Dickey (I’m sorry, sometimes it’s just too easy). Regardless of what kind of communication Posey receives there’s just no substitute for experience. I mean even Thole has had his moments where it just seems like he’s just closing his eyes and hoping for the best, as seen in the photo the right!
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