Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey continued his compelling case to start the All-Star game with a complete game one-hitter over the Rays on Wednesday night to give him his MLB-leading 10th win of the season and lower his ERA to 2.22. Which is why it’s such a shame that the team is sullying the performance with an appeal to MLB to have the one hit changed to an error.
The play in question occurred in the first inning, as Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton chopped a ball down the third base line that David Wright tried to barehead due to Upton’s speed, only to fail to field the ball cleanly. It was immediately ruled a hit, and the game went on. Dickey was masterful the rest of the way, not allowing another hit and surrending just an unearned run in the 9th inning in the Mets’ 9-1 win (he also set the franchise record along the way by running his scoreless inning streak to 32.2). Then after the game, the Mets announced that they would be appealing the official scorer’s ruling, lobbying to give Wright an error on the play, which would turn Dickey’s one-hitter into a no-hitter just two weeks after Johan Santana threw the first no-no in franchise history.
Granted, even the Mets agree that this is a “Hail Mary” attempt that no one really expects to work. But the question then becomes why do it? Say for a moment that the MLB offices somehow uphold the appeal — do you really want to earn a no-hitter in such cheap fashion? Not to mention that the whole situation reeks of hypocrisy given the favorable call that the Mets received in Santana’s actual no-hitter when Carlos Beltran’s line drive that caught a piece of the left field line was ruled foul. The Cardinals didn’t appeal the ruling to have the call changed, did they?
In the grand scheme of things this is a petty and minor issue, but it’s one that should stick in the craw of every Mets fan. The organization is already the regular butt of jokes around the league. Do they really have to give everyone more ammunition?
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Michael T Carr May 16th
Another good article, Craig Lowell.
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Charlie.. very well said.. he does have guts
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but it shouldn’t require guts. .like you said it’s nobody’s business but his own
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