In response to a question about the possibility of being the Mets Opening Day starter ( Johan Santana be unavailable), R.A. Dickey told reporters:
I certainly hope that’s not the case. My first reaction would obviously be that I would be honored to do it, but it would be by default, because Johan is our ace. … Hopefully he can come back and do what he has always done. If the gauntlet is passed for even a moment, I will try to accept the challenge the best I know how.”
In 33 appearances for the Mets last season, Dickey was 8-13 with a 3.28 ERA in 207 innings pitched, during which he struck out 15 percent of the batters he faced.
To read more quotes from R.A., who was honored at last night’s Thurman Munson Awards dinner in New York, check out this post from the Daily News.
To read Matthew Cerrone’s opinion on if Dickey should start Opening Day, as well as Johan’s status, read this post from yesterday on MetsBlog.com.