Will the Mets enjoy a second no-hitter (albeit in somewhat bureaucratic fashion) within a span of two weeks after going more than 50 years without even one? That's their hope for R.A. Dickey.
The Mets, reports MLB.com's Adam Berry, intend to appeal the official scorer's ruling that B.J. Upton's first-inning infield knock on Wednesday was a hit rather than an error on third baseman David Wright. Here's the play in question:
Upton probably beats it out no matter how cleanly Wright fields it, but there's still a compelling case that it's an error. Upton's hit, of course, turned out to be only one Dickey allowed all night.
"We said in the ninth inning that we've got to appeal that play. We're probably not going to win it, but ... what the heck? What do you got to lose except to have somebody say no?" Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You've just got to give him his due. He deserves it."
There is some precedent working in New York's favor. Way back yonder in 1917, Ernie Koob of the St. Louis Browns pitched a "post-game no-hitter" when a hit off the bat of Buck Weaver was later ruled an error on second baseman Ernie Johnson.
Perhaps, though, the Mets should just let sleeping no-hit dogs lie.
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