Dickey's bid for 20 may go down to the wire

Dickey's bid for 20 may go down to the wire

MILWAUKEE -- With 16 games remaining after Sunday's series finale, R.A. Dickey will likely make three more starts this season. The first of those will come Monday night against the Phillies.

Two more wins will get Dickey to 20, which could go a long way in the minds of Cy Young Award voters. With 18 wins, Dickey currently ranks second in the National League behind Gio Gonzalez.

But what if Dickey does not get to 20? Could he still be the NL Cy Young Award winner?

"I don't know. I think it'd probably be hard," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "But he's got enough left that hopefully we can give him some run support to get him to 20 for sure."

Dickey leads the NL with a 2.68 ERA, five complete games and three shutouts. He also is tied for second in the league and sixth in the Majors with 197 strikeouts.

Whether he is recognized for his performance with postseason awards, Dickey's season is the best Collins has seen by a starting pitcher on any of the teams he's managed.

"Chuck Finley had a real good year, and Shane Reynolds one year in Houston had a real good year, he won 17 or something," Collins said. "But the best I've had is R.A."