By Paul Festa @pauljfesta on June 2, 2014
There are a couple of obvious potential candidates to represent the New York Mets at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota. There are also a few players who may surprise you. Here's a look at five Mets who have a shot at making the All-Star roster.
While all the buzz has been about the new crop of young power arms in the Mets organization, Jon Niese has been the rock of the starting rotation in 2014. He leads the team in innings pitched and has a 2.69 ERA. He’s walked only 2.56 batters per nine innings while striking out 6.53 per nine.
Juan Lagares has suffered through a couple of stints on the disabled list so far in 2014, but if he were to come back quickly from his current absence, he could qualify for a reserve spot on the All-Star team. He’s one of the top two or three defensive center fielders in all of baseball, and he’s been surprisingly effective at the plate. His .111 wRC+ and .754 OPS are comparable to the top center fielders in the NL.
Daniel Murphy has had his usual share of hot and cold streaks this year (as well as lapses on the base paths and in the field), but he’s one of the best offensive second basemen in the NL. Murphy is second in the league among second sackers with 1.5 WAR and third in wRC+.
While there are several first basemen who are more deserving, Lucas Duda is doing better than you might expect in 2014. He’s 10th among National League first basemen in wRC+ and 11th in WAR. A hot month of June could give him a shot to be a reserve on the NL All-Star squad.
David Wright is a perennial All-Star candidate, and this year is no different. Despite his power outage (only four home runs), Wright is fourth in wRC+ among third baseman in the NL and second in that old fashioned statistic of batting average (.293). He’s tied for the overall NL league lead in hits with 70 all while playing his usual Gold-Glove defense.
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