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Gio Gonzalez is game’s first to 20 wins this season

Sep 22, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

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The National League’s Cy Young favorites both added to their cases Saturday, with the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez beating the Brewers for win No. 20 of the season and the Mets’ R.A. Dickey going eight strong to defeat Miami for his 19th victory.

Gonzalez held the Brewers to two runs — both unearned — over seven innings in a 10-4 rout. The runs came after a Bryce Harper error in the sixth. Gonzalez allowed just three hits and walked one in lowering his ERA to 2.84.

Dickey took a shutout into the ninth, only to get charged with two runs after Jon Rauch gave up a three-run homer to John Buck. That took Dickey’s ERA from 2.58 to 2.66, but he still holds the NL lead over Clayton Kershaw (2.70) and Kyle Lohse (2.71).

Dickey was also robbed of a three-run double or triple on a terrific play from Bryan Petersen in the sixth. You can watch the video here. It would have been Dickey’s first extra-base hit since 2010 and just the third of his career.

That Dickey has such a big edge in innings pitched over Gonzalez — 220 to 193 1/3 at the moment — should be a determining factor in the Cy Young race. However, if Dickey ends up stuck on 19 wins and Gonzalez finishes as the NL’s only pitcher with 20, it’s possible the left-hander will take home the hardware.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Dickey’s award to lose

  2. moogro - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Wins. Ugh.

  3. dondada10 - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    “…if Dickey ends up stuck on 19 wins and Gonzalez finishes as the NL’s only pitcher with 20, it’s possible the left-hander will take home the hardware.”

    Wins…that’s cute, Matt. Thank god you don’t get a vote.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      I must have missed the part where he said that’s how he would vote. It’s a valid point because we all know there are plenty of voters who evaluate pitchers this way.

  4. jskins83 - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Gio to me should win it for sure he will have more wins under 3 era plus he is on the best team in baseball dickey is having a lucky fluke year his team sucks

    • dcfan4life - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      While i agree Gio should win, your attack on Dickey is kind of more of a reason to endorse him. A pitcher pitching that well on a bad team, with that bullpen, that offense, is remarkable. But voters all know that Dickey throws a knuckleball, which almost promises he should have a ton of innings. Throw on the fact that the Mets bullpen may be the worst in the majors and of course he goes deep as often as he could. I dont expect innings pitched to be a major factor to voters under such circumstances. Hence why if Gio finishes strong, with 21 or 22 wins and a 2.7 to 2.8 era, i think he will take home the hardware.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        I am a Nats fan and root for Gio, but even I have to say that Dickey’s season is more impressive and he deserves the nod at this point. Still a start or two to go for both guys, but come on: he plays for a rotten, putrid team and he pitches deep into games, Ks a ton of batters, and is as dominant as any pitcher in the league this year. Is Gio Gonzalez more talented and will he be better over the course of his career than Dickey for the remainder of his? Yes and probably. But RA Dickey has been amazing this year and, though we all want to twist the stats to find a way for Gio to look better, the truth is that Dickey is a great choice for Cy Young and you don’t have to work as hard to justify his case.

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      That is some great analysis.

      • chill1184 - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        Internet toughs aren’t known for their intelligence.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    I’d pick Dickey. He has 1 less win on a team that has 30 less wins than the Natinals. Not to say Gonzalez wouldn’t deserve it but Dickey is doing it with a lot less talent around him. And lets face it, W/L record for pitchers is the worst stat to go bu when it comes to awards.

  6. natstowngreg - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Even more love for Gio in Nats Town, if that’s possible. Not just for his performance, but for the joy with which he plays the game and the classy way he conducts himself.

    It would be great if Gio won the Cy Young. Duh. But I see a half-dozen good candidates. Yes, that includes Craig Kimbrel. Gio should not be awarded just for his number of wins, and should not be penalized just because he pitches for a good team.

    • natslady - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      You got that right about the Gio love. I’m in the parking lot of the shopping center where I work, and someone asks me, “Did Gio win?” Then I go to Target and I have my Nats “Gonzalez” jersey on, and a guy comes up and says, “Gio, Gio!” Everyone respects Strasburg and is in awe of the Kid, but they LOVE Gio. (Well, OK, we do love the Kid and Stras, but it’s Gio’s day today.)

  7. kevinleaptrot - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Got to meet Gio, his mom and his sister Angie during/after the game yesterday. Wonderful, generous people and Gio is so humble and grateful to be on this team. If being a nice guy from a great family counts for anything, then Gio should win the Cy.!/NatsBandwagon/media/slideshow?!/NatsBandwagon/media/slideshow?

  8. lostsok - Sep 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Still too close to call…

  9. avietar - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Only vote for Gio if he can manage to climb Mt Kilimanjaro between now and the end of the season.

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