R.A. Dickey hopeful for a Mets/Blue Jays World Series
On Monday night at the Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays crept back into their American League Championship Series with an 11-8 win over the Royals.
But even before the game, with the Blue Jays trailing in their best-of-seven series against the Royals 2-0, game four’s starter R.A. Dickey was asked about the possibility of facing the Mets in the World Series, should both teams advance.
“Wouldn’t that be something?” Dickey asked with a smile.
It would indeed be something. Dickey, who won the 2012 National League Cy Young Award with an astonishing 20-6 record and a 2.73 ERA, leading the league with 233 innings pitched, five complete games, three shutouts and 230 strikeouts.
But he was traded to the Blue Jays in December, 2012 for three prospects: Wuilmer Beccera, Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard.
Two of those three players are no longer prospects. Rather, they are key factors in the Mets championship run in 2015.
“I think it would make for a great story, for sure,” Dickey explained on Monday. “What a script that would be if I could face Syndergaard in Game 7.”
Dickey says he doesn’t really follow the Mets these days. But given the success of both the Blue Jays and the Mets in 2015, he feels the trade has worked out for both clubs.
“I know that they’re doing well as a team, and I’m sure those guys are a part of that,” the former Met said. “The hope when you make a trade, like the trade that I was involved in, is that it’s good for both teams, that’s the hope. And it certainly has been good for their team and it seems to be all right for our team right now.”
The Blue Jays certainly had championship aspirations far earlier than 2015, and while Dickey has had a strong second half in 2015 (8-1, 2.80 ERA in 15 starts), his three seasons in Toronto have been mostly pedestrian – he’s gone 39-37 with a 3.95 ERA since leaving New York.
But it would make for a fantastic storyline, for sure.
But there’s still a long way to go before it can become a storyline, for both clubs.