The New York Mets went more than 50 years and 8,000 games without ever recording a no-hitter, a streak that Johan Santana finally snapped June 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
If they get their way, they'll suddenly have two in less than two weeks.
Prior to his club's 9-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, manager Terry Collins said that the Mets have appealed the ruling of a hit on B.J. Upton's infield single against R.A. Dickey on Wednesday. If the call is overturned, it would result in an official no-hitter for Dickey, who was torn on his team's decision to appeal.
"A part of me would love a no-hitter," Dickey said. "Regardless of how you get it, it's still a no-hitter. And then a part of me thinks it would be cheap."
Even Collins admitted that the odds of a successful appeal were likely less than 5 percent given the degree of difficulty of the play. Knowing he needed to hurry to nab the speedy Upton at first base, third baseman David Wright unsuccessfully tried to barehand Upton's two-hopper up the third-base line. It was the only hit that Dickey allowed all game.
But even if the call is not overturned, the Mets can be satisfied with one of the most dominating pitching performances they have seen this season -- in some ways, perhaps even more dominant than Santana's no-hitter. Dickey struck out 12 in the game and did not walk a batter.
"We're just taking a shot," Collins said of the appeal. "We're just taking a stab. What do we have to lose? Nothing."