Wednesday’s pitching preview: Dickey vs. Wainwright

R.A. Dickey (17-4, 2.63 ERA) will start for the Mets today.

Dickey continued in his pursuit of the Cy Young Award in his last start against the Marlins when he allowed five hits in a complete-game shutout at Marlins Park. It was Dickey’s league leading fifth complete game as well as his league leading third shutout of the season. Dickey has a 4.3:1 strikeout to walk ratio and is walking just 2.06 batters per nine innings this season. Dickey threw a complete game shutout against the Cardinals at Citi Field back in June  for his eighth win of the season – he is 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA in six appearances and four starts against St. Louis in his career.

Adam Wainwright (13-11, 3.90 ERA) will start for the Cardinals today.

Wainwright was roughed up for six runs in only 2 2/3 innings against the Nationals in his last start. Overall, Wainwright is having a successful bounce back season from Tommy John Surgery last year, striking out 159 batters against only 41 walks in 168 2/3 innings this season. The Mets beat up on Wainwright at Citi Field back in June, tagging him for seven runs in 6 1/3 innings – he is 1-2 with a 7.66 ERA in five appearances and three starts in his career against New York.

Michael Baron, Contributor

20 wins is certainly within Dickey’s grasp this season. In fact, he should probably be at or past that mark right now – a combination of poor run support and blown leads from the bullpen have kept him reaching that mark at this point in the year. The bigger question is whether or not he will win the Cy Young Award. To me, his primary competition is Johnny Cueto of the Reds, but Dickey is ahead of Cueto in innings pitched, strikeouts, WHIP, and winning percentage, trailing him only by a few points in the ERA race. As long as Dickey continues to pitch at this level, the most coveted pitching award in the game should be within his grasp.