The New York Mets plan to appeal R.A. Dickey's one-hitter on Wednesday night, claiming that the pitcher should be awarded a no-hitter.
In the first inning of the Mets 9-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays, B.J. Upton hit a scorcher down the third baseline that David Wright unsuccessfully tried to handle with his bare hand. The Mets will argue that it was an error on Wright's behalf in order to give Dickey his first ever no-hitter.
We're probably not going to win it, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters. David tried to make it. It's B.J. running. But what the heck? What have you got to lose except to have somebody say no? You've got an All-Star third baseman who comes in and tries to make a play.
Wright said after the game had he known that play was the difference between Dickey pitching a no-hitter, he would have tried a little harder or something.
I tried to make the play. I didn't make it, Wright said. It's as simple as that. I don't think I could have got him with the glove. I tried to barehand it. It hit the lip and skipped on me. I didn't make the play. If they want to go back and give me an error, they can do that. I guess there's a handful of guys on that team you would have to barehand it and rush it. I wish it would have been somebody a little bit slower, where I could have taken my time and gloved it.
The appeal is very unlikely to be successful for the Mets, though it would give the team their second no-hitter in the last two weeks. Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history on June 1, although that game was also marred by a controversial call.
Even without the no-hitter, Dickey had another major achievement on Wednesday night when he set the record for most consecutive scoreless innings in franchise history with 32 2/3. He lost the streak when he gave up an unearned run in the ninth inning.