R.A. Dickey named a finalist for the NL Cy Young Award

The Baseball Writers Association has announced that R.A. Dickey has been names a finalist for the 2012 National league Cy Young Award.

Dickey led the National League in strikeouts with 230 strikeouts, 233.2 innings pitched, five complete games  and three shutouts.  He was second in the National League with 20 wins and a 2.73 ERA while leading the major leagues with 27 quality starts.

Clayton Kershaw and Gio Gonzalez were also named finalists – the award will be announced on November 14.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Posted Nov. 2: Dickey was the best pitcher in baseball from start to finish in 2012. He led the league in strikeouts, innings pitched, WHIP, complete games, shutouts, was second in ERA and wins but had 26 percent of the team’s wins, had an incredible 4.25:1 strikeouts to walk ratio…the list goes on. He was also the most consistent starting pitcher from start to finish, pitched the entire year with a torn abdominal muscle, and was flat out dominant in most of his starts.

Put it this way: If Dickey doesn’t win the Cy Young Award, it would be a complete injustice and very disappointing.