I guess it makes sense, in this 2012 season that has been so much about R.A. Dickey and David Wright, that the final 10 games of the season come down to little more than the two of them.
There’s Dickey, who will go for 20 wins on Thursday. Incidentally, this is being treated as his final chance to do it, but I don’t think that’s remotely true. He’d be on five days rest for Wednesday, October 3, the season finale in Miami. And the Mets could obviously use him in relief in a tie game to try and get him win number 20 in between, on his throw day, for instance. So he should have several opportunities to bag win 20, the first Met to do so since Frank Viola back in 1990.
Then there’s David Wright, who is three hits from tying Ed Kranepool for the franchise lead in career hits. I wrote a piece several years ago pointing out how easily Wright and Jose Reyes would take over virtually every leaderboard the team ever had. As it stands now, Wright can take the lead in hits this week, while owning the lead in walks, doubles, R.B.I. and other categories. Reyes leads in, naturally, triples, stolen bases, and thrills. But they’ll fall short of owning basically every franchise record there is, due to the… unpleasantness.
The Mets aren’t going to catch the Phillies for third; they’re probably safely ahead of the Marlins for fifth. They’re not even in position to affect their draft pick much, with only the Boston Red Sox near them.
So a final ten games rooting for the best possible statistical finish for Dickey and Wright is what we’ve got. It could be worse; how much worse, we’ll find out once the offseason negotiations with Dickey and Wright for extensions are concluded.