RA Dickey All Time Met Great? 

Sorta silly to put the guy among the greatest Mets ever but I think there’s a very valid case for RA.

Granted much of it is the cache he possesses by reinventing himself as a knuckler and coming out of NOWHERE to be an elite pitcher in the game. He’s the 1st NL’er to 15 wins, he should’ve started the ASG and he’s proven himself to be the most dominant pitcher in the game when he’s on.

Yesterday was another Classic Dickey performance - 1R, 5H, Zero BB, 10K over 9 innings.

Granted the competition for all-time Met team isn’t what you’ll find in the BX or many other franchises but I stand by RA’s early nomination to the Greatest Met Team Ever.

15 Responses to “RA Dickey All Time Met Great? ”

  1. Original62Fan Says:

    I don’t know. I would put this team up against a team from the Bronx, but help me fill in the outfield:

    P – Seaver
    RP - Koosman, Matlack, McGraw, Franco
    C – Piazza
    1B – Hernandez
    2B – Alfonso
    3B – Wright
    SS – Reyes
    LF –
    CF –
    RF -

  2. Give a Met fan a breatk Says:

    Armando Benitez for closer?

  3. Patrick Says:

    This is more fun if we do a five pitcher rotation team. So we can have Seaver but also Gooden. Who else?

  4. Lord Charles Says:

    CF and RF are no brainers: Beltran and Strawberry.

    LF is tough. Gilkey probably had the best individual season in left (OPS 155 in 1996), but McReynolds was 142 in 1988, and had 4 straight years over 117.

  5. BlondiesJake Says:

    Without a clear cut LF, I want Mike Baxter in for his catch to save Santana’s no-no!

    I would definitely put Dickey in the starting rotation.

    I guess Gil Hodges would be the manager because every one I have ever watched since the late 70s has been average to awful, including Davey Johnson, who was a terrible strategy guy.

  6. Irish Mike Says:

    I like the Baxter call. I’d also take the 1969 only incarnation of Cleon Jones.

    Still though let’s not kid ourselves about squaring off against that other team. Unless Seaver throw a shutout. And he ain’t throwin’ one against (off the top of my head) Ruth, Mantle, Dimaggio, Gehrig, Cano, Jeter, A-Rod and Berra.

  7. Phantom Says:

    Grote is my catcher.

    He helped the Mets get to two World Series.

    Defense and field leadership counts.

  8. Original62Fan Says:

    But IrishMike, Seaver was better than Ruth, Mantle, Dimaggio, Gehrig, Cano, Jeter, A-Rod and Berra.
    In the HOF voting, he garnished a higher percentage of votes than any of them (or anyone else for that matter).

  9. Original62Fan Says:

    I think I’ll finish my outfield with McReynolds (or the ‘69 Cleon), Beltran (or Willie Mays if we could have only had him in his prime) and Strawberry.

  10. BlondiesJake Says:

    Saw via phone that Harvey was walking a bunch of guys but also made it thru six and only gave up the two-run 1st inning HR. Not bad, great to see he battled when he clearly didn’t have great command and wasn’t blowing guys away.

  11. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    BJake: I disagree with you about DJ and strategy. I think he was often brilliant, in a quirky kind of way. Remember the night against the Reds when half the team was tossed after the Knight/Davis brawl? How he alternated Orosco and McDowell between the mound and the outfield!! He did the same thing a year earlier trying to keep the ball from being hit to an injured Rusty Staub…. I used to love the crazy inventive stuff he came up with.
    The dude’s a winner, everywhere he goes.

  12. Former mets fan Says:

    This team just sucks. J bay. Another good night. I hatenbeingna mets fan.

  13. BlondiesJake Says:

    tdfkabl, yes I remember that crazy game against the Reds, I watched on my tiny b&w 13-incher in my room. And I also remember a game where they kept switching Rusty from LF to RF and eventually he actually had to make a play and made a running catch. But he was generally atrocious with pitching changes and late-game decisions, with Game 6 of the WS his crowning achievement.

  14. the dude formerly known as bill l.he Says:

    Didn’t they win that game? :)

  15. rj Says:

    Ok the real deal with Davey Johnson.. Was he a good manager? He was an OK manager who almost blew the World Series with all the talent he had. Thats the truth. Valentine was better. He took a team with a Nobody Outfield to the WS and if it was any other team besides one of the best Yankee teams of all time they may have even won the damn thing. DJ even blew Wally Backmans chance of winning the batting title with all of his platooning.. So that’s the scoop on DJ..I’d have to go with Hodges, Berra, Valentine then DJ..and as far as brilliant..How is Davey brilliant? He had the horses..

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