New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey wins the 2012 NL Cy Young Award. This is Dickey’s first Cy Young Award.
R.A. Dickey received 209 points (27 first-place votes), Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw finished in second and received 96 points (2 first-place votes), and Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez finished in third and received 93 points (1 first-place vote).
Dickey, 38, was the 18th pick in the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers. Dickey did not begin his career as a knuckleball pitcher but after debuting in 2001 and pitching for the Rangers with mediocre results through 2004, he decided that perfecting the knuckleball would extend his career. In 2006, the Rangers gave Dickey a shot with his knuckleball but he gave up 6 home runs on his first start of the season, tying a modern era baseball record. Dickey would go on to pitch for the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners before signing with the New York Mets in 2010.
In the 2012 season, Dickey would pitch back-to-back games with double-digit strikeouts, the first time a Met had accomplished this since 2006. Over these games, he gave up just 1 run in 14.1 innings. Dickey would set the Mets franchise record with 32.2 consecutive innings without an earned run over 5 starts from May 27 to June 18. On June 13 and June 28, he would pitch back-to-back one-hit complete game shutouts making him the last pitcher to accomplish this feat since 1988. He is the third pitcher to have two one-hit complete game shutouts with 12 or more strikeouts in a season but the first to do it on back-to-back games. R.A. Dickey was selected to the All-Star Game for the first time and pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout.
R.A. Dickey is the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. R.A. Dickey finished the season with a 20-6 record with a 2.73 ERA and led the league with 230 strikeouts. Dickey set new career-highs in wins (20), complete games (5), shutouts (3), strikeouts (230), and ERA (2.73).
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