As soon as RA Dickey won his 20th game yesterday the Twitter world exploded with happiness and the proclamation that Dickey was the Cy Young award winner and when Gio Gonzalez got off to a slow start against the Phillies it looked like it could happen. Gio settled down and had another decent start. He pitched like an Ace should. He forgot all the trouble he had in the first inning and found a way to give his team a chance to win, and the Nationals did win earning Gio his 21st win of the season.
When it comes to winning Gio leads RA Dickey not just in the traditional and unimportant win stat, but in the important WAR stat. Gio has a 5.4 to 4.9 advantage. Gio also leads Dickey in FIP with 2.84 compared to 3.19 and K5 with 25.2% compared to 24.7%. Dickey leads Gio in ERA with 2.62 to 2.89, innings pitched with 226 2/3 tp 199 1/3, and strikeouts 222 to 207. The advanced stats say Gio should win while the advanced stats say that Dickey should win.