The New York Mets want Major League Baseball to officially upgrade Wednesday’s one-hitter from pitcher R.A. Dickey to a no-hitter. And they’re willing to blame one of their other players to do it.
The Mets, who beat the host Tampa Bay Rays 9-1 on Wednesday, have asked MLB to change the Rays’ only hit against Dickey to an error on Mets third baseman David Wright, MLB.com reported Thursday.
If MLB makes the change, it would be Wednesday’s second no-hitter – San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain threw a perfect game against the Houston Astros - and the Mets’ second in 12 days (Johan Santana threw the Mets’ first-ever no-hitter June 1).
Dickey sounded conflicted when talking about the team’s request.
"A part of me would love a no-hitter," Dickey, a 37-year-old knuckleballer with a 10-1 record this season, said Thursday, according to MLB.com. "Regardless of how you get it, it's still a no-hitter. And then a part of me thinks it would be cheap."
The key play came in the first inning, when the Rays’ B.J. Upton hit a two-hopper to third base. Video of the game from SNY shows Wright trying to barehand it but not getting hold of it.
On Wednesday night, Wright told SNY that he tried to barehand the ball because Upton is fast, and he didn’t think he had time to glove it.
“I wish it would have been somebody a little bit slower where I could have took my time and then gloved it, but it’s also the first … inning, I think. Had I known that there was going to be a one-hitter, I would have tried a little harder or something, you know,” Wright said.
The Mets’ manager, Terry Collins, said Thursday that the decision to appeal was his idea. He said he expects the league to announce a decision Friday ,and the chances of a change in Dickey’s favor are slim, according to MLB.com and The New York Times.
“It’s something that you don’t see very much, and if you can get something changed to where a guy gets to have a no-hitter, I think it’s great,” Collins said, according to the Times. “We’re just taking a stab.”
The Rays scored their lone run in the ninth inning, after Tampa Bay’s Elliott Johnson reached first on a throwing error by Wright, according to an MLB.com report on the game. Johnson made his way home thanks to two passed balls and an RBI groundout.
Wright said Thursday that it’s “a little awkward when a team wants an error on its own player.”
"I wish I could have made the play. I just didn't. It's a very difficult play," Wright said, according to MLB.com.