R.A. on the possiblity of being the Opening Day starter

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.

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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.

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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.