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R.A. Dickey closed out Citifield in style yesterday afternoon, striking out 13 batters en route to his 20th victory of the season.
Yesterday was the final home game of the season for the Mets, and they closed out Citi Field in style. R.A. Dickey struck out 13 Pirates en route to winning his 20th game of the season. The game wasn't all Mets though, as Travis Snider made one of the more ridiculous catches I've ever seen on Thursday. Poor Mike Baxter. The recap (including a picture of the mustache-less Keith Hernandez) can be found here, and the full box score can be found here.
Rob Neyer takes a look at the NL Cy Young race, and he sees Dickey as the favorite. Grant Brisbee took a peek at the case for Craig Kimbrel though, he's certainly had a heck of a season for the Braves. That said, I just can't see the award going to a reliever when they produce so much less value.
Ed Kranepool talked about being passed by David Wright on Thursday. The former record holder was as gracious as ever, congratulating Wright on becoming the Mets all-time hits leader.
While the race for the NL Cy Young award is clearly baseball's most entertaining, fans of some other teams are pulling for playoff berths. MLB.com has an update on where we'd be if the post-season started today.
Back to the race for the Cy Young. Gio Gonzalez of the Nats moved back into the NL lead for wins with his 21st of the season. While it's not great to see him ahead of Dickey in that regard, it's certainly nice to see the Phillies lose.
Adam Greenberg is going to get a second at-bat in the major leagues, and this one will come against the Mets. Greenberg is going to play for the Miami Marlins on October 2. The Marlins were responsible for hitting him in the head in his first and only major league appearance.
We now know that the Mets are unlikely to spend big on an outfielder this winter, but FanGraphs took a look at Michael Bourn's value so we'll link you to it. Who knows, maybe the Wilpon family will win the lottery or something and plans will suddenly change.
Former Met manager Bobby Valentine looks as if he's going to be out of a job in a few days. I feel bad for Bobby, as frankly that wasn't a very good situation for any manager.
Manny Acta was also on the Mets coaching staff for a while, and he is already back in the unemployment line. The Indians fired Acta on Thursday afternoon.
Finally for today, here's a peek at the reverse standings to give us a look at where the Mets may end up drafting next June. With six games to go, the Mets are assured that they'll be drafting no lower than 14th.