Scorekeeper Bill Mathews’ ruling on a B.J. Upton first-inning single was the difference between R.A. Dickey recording a no-hitter vs his one-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays last night. Upton hit a ball down the third base line for which Mets third baseman David Wright tried to make a barehanded play. The call from Mathews was a hit, which ended up being the only one Dickey would allow.
According to the accommodating Wright:
If they want to go back and give me an error, they can do that.
The New York Mets officially appealed the decision, and according to manager Terry Collins, the team expects a decision on the appeal by Friday. Most agree that the chances of having the play overturned are not good.
Mathews, in his defense, was asked about his ruling and stated:
I don’t really have a lot of comment because we don’t do it for the controversy. It’s their prerogative to appeal. We just want to get it right and if they want to appeal, that’s awesome. They’ll do that and Joe (Torre, MLB’s executive vice-president for baseball operation) will take a look at it and he’ll either uphold it or change it.
If the ruling is overturned, it would be the sixth no-hitter thrown this season. Matt Cain, Johan Santana, Philip Humber, Jered Weaver, and six pitchers on the Mariners, have all accomplished the feat, with Humber and Cain throwing perfect games.