New York Mets manager Terry Collins expects to hear by Friday about the long-shot appeal that could give R.A. Dickey a belated no-hitter.
Dickey allowed only an infield single Wednesday night in a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, and the team is asking the commissioner’s office to overturn the official scorer’s decision on B.J. Upton’s hit.
Two weeks ago, Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in the Mets’ 51-season history.
”They’ll have a decision (Friday) I’m sure,” Collins said before Thursday’s game at Tampa Bay. ”We’re just taking a shot. What do we have to lose?”
MLB executive Joe Torre said he indeed expects to announce his decision Friday. He first wants to review more angles and talk to several other people, including fellow executive Tony La Russa.
Torre has reversed some calls by official scorers this year and said he realizes ”what’s at stake” with this ruling.
”I have an opinion from what I’ve seen,” he said Thursday on a conference call about USA Baseball, without saying which was he was leaning.
The speedy Upton hit a high bouncer in the first inning that third baseman David Wright was unable to field with his bare hand. The play was ruled a hit, but the Mets wonder if it should have been called an error on Wright.
When asked if the chance of the appeal being successful was five percent, Collins said ”less.”
”You got a guy who can really run … you’ve got an outstanding third baseman,” Collins said. ”The only way he can make the play is to bare hand it. He knows that and he can’t make it. If he catches with the bare hand, if he makes the play, I don’t know if he’s out or not.”
Santana held St. Louis hitless on June 1. Dickey was just as dominant Wednesday in his second career one-hitter.