But it's the overall lack of those things that makes Dickey's 2012 campaign even more special. As the Mets have struggled, Dickey has held strong. His 20 wins account for 27 percent of the Mets' 73.
On Tuesday, Dickey will make his final start of the season in search of win No. 21 against -- what should be, at least -- his favorite team to face. The Marlins have been reduced to bait by Dickey this season -- the right-hander is a perfect 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA, including two complete games.
"He's been pitching well against us and we can't do anything about it," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We fight, try to get good at-bats, but he's been great. He's been great all year long."
Another thing Dickey talks about is being consistent, regardless of any outlying circumstances. And when he takes the mound on Tuesday, a start that holds a lot of potential to improve his Cy Young Award chances, his approach will be the same.
"My sole concern again is just to try to put up a good outing, and at the end you hope that your statistics speak loudly enough that you're in the race," Dickey said. "But I don't know anything about the voting or the process or anything like that. I just am hopeful I can have one more consistent outing."
Opposite Dickey will be Jacob Turner, who will make his seventh start for the Marlins since they acquired him from Detroit in late July.
In his last start, Turner delivered six quality innings against Atlanta, but an error ultimately cost Miami the game as he was handed his second consecutive loss. In his previous outing -- Sept. 21 against the Mets -- the Marlins also exhibited less-than-stellar defense, and though they were charged with just one error, multiple miscues in the field ultimately played a big role in the loss.
"One of these days, when this kid pitches, we might play better for him," Guillen said after Turner's last start. "I hope we do before his career is over. The last two outings he pitched, I think he pitched well. I think his teammates let him down. He threw the ball very good."
Marlins: Greenberg likely to pinch-hit Tuesday
• Adam Greeberg, notable for getting hit in the back of the head in his first and only Major League at-bat, will finally get his chance to get back in the box on Tuesday.
Greenberg, now 31, inked a one-day contract with the Marlins, and manager Ozzie Guillen said he plans to use him as a pinch-hitter in a middle inning.
"Hopefully we can have it be for a pitcher, but I'm not going to pinch-hit him for the pitcher just because," said Guillen, who originally toyed with the idea of starting Greenberg in the outfield and letting him hit in the leadoff spot. "If I need a base hit to take the lead or something, then I'll figure out another inning. I'm going to manage to win the game. I'll figure out how to play him, but if there's the game on the line, I'm going to manage to win the game.
"I've lost a lot, but I'm going to win one. That's the way we're going to look at it. We shouldn't have any problems."
Mets: Entire coaching staff to return in 2013
• The Mets announced on Monday that, despite a disappointing second half, all six big league coaches will return in 2012.
That list includes pitching coach Dan Warthen, whose job was seemingly the most in jeopardy.
In addition to Warthen, Dave Hudgens will return as hitting coach, Bob Geren as bench coach, Tom Goodwin as first-base coach, Tim Teufel as third-base coach and Ricky Bones as bullpen coach.
"They've done a very good job," manager Terry Collins said. "They're very, very hard workers. We know we had some lapses at times, but when you're around these coaches to watch them prepare and watch them do their jobs, they've done a good job."
• Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano failed to record a hit on Monday, snapping a 10-game streak.