NEW YORK -- Call it dealer's choice.
The Mets will allow R.A. Dickey to choose between making his final start on the last day of the season or the day before, manager Terry Collins said Tuesday. Dickey will decide after making his penultimate start -- his first crack at a 20th win -- Thursday against the Pirates at Citi Field.
If Dickey is sitting on 19 victories heading into the season's final series in Miami, it could make for a strategic decision. Factors include Dickey's desire to start on regular rest vs. one extra day, the Marlins' opposing starter each game and even the weather -- it will, after all, be the height of hurricane season in Miami.
Collins said that regardless of Dickey's decision, Jon Niese will make his final start Friday in Atlanta. Niese, who would have lined up for the last game of the season on a regular five-man rotation, has already set a career high in innings and has thrown 26 more than he did all of last year.