In a report for the New York Post, columnist Joel Sherman hands out mid-year MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year awards.
According to Sherman, Dickey is the National League Cy Young Award winner for the first half, while David Wright is third in the MVP race behind Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen and winner Reds 1B Joey Votto.
Sherman feels Kirk Nieuwenhuis is the fourth best National League rookie to date, behind winner Nationals OF Bryce Harper, as well as D-Backs starting pitcher Wade Miley Braves SS Andrelton Simmons.
Lastly, Terry Collins has been the second best manager in the National League, according to Sherman, behind only Davey Johnson of the Nationals.
Right now, the Mets are on pace to win 86 games, thanks in large part to Dickey, who accounts for 27% of the team’s wins. What are the chances that Dickey replicates his first half to win 23 games for the year, so the team can keep up that pace? Plus, who knows what ramifications there will be to pitching him more frequently, as ESPN.com’s Buster Olney suggested they might do sooner than later? I think this is an intriguing idea, and I don’t worry about Dickey’s ability, but I do wonder if he will be overexposed and become more hittable than he has been…
The point is, as great as Dickey has been, and as very good as Johan Santana and Jon Niese have been, the team’s fielding, hitting and bullpen are going to need to step it up some place to counter what will be an inevitable bump in the road for the starting pitchers. I mean, I hope that bump never comes, all while the fielding, offense and bullpen step it up anyway, because that would make for a dominant second half. However, the team should prepare (i.e., acquisitions) and (everyone not named Dickey, Johan and Wright) better perform as though that bump is actually coming… just in case.
To see the rest of Sherman’s list, including American League rankings, and the anti-award rankings, click here for his report in the New York Post.