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5 New York Mets Who Belong on the 2014 NL All-Star Team

New York Mets: 5 Players Who Belong on the 2014 NL All-Star Team

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The New York Mets aren't going to be competing for anything in the postseason, but the All-Star Game should still feature some deserving players from the team. These five guys in particular should be included on the 2014 NL All-Star team.

5. Daisuke Matsuzaka, RP

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5. Daisuke Matsuzaka, RP

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This is a pretty harsh indictment on the rest of the Mets' roster that the fifth-best candidate for an All-Star spot is reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka has been perhaps the biggest surprise in a Mets season that has had precious few, putting up a 2.88 ERA in 20 outings that also includes four starts. Matsuzaka has allowed a paltry 21 hits in 40.2 innings and has shown himself to be a shutdown reliever, which many thought he couldn't do.

4. Jeurys Familia, RP

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4. Jeurys Familia, RP

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As we go further down the list, the next deserving Met is still a middle reliever. Jeurys Familia struggled with his control early on in the season, but since the beginning of May, he's been one of the best relievers in baseball. Familia has allowed five runs in 25 innings since the beginning of May, good for a sterling 1.80 ERA. Familia's control has been markedly better and, in a season with less-deserving candidates, he could be an option.

3. Jonathon Niese, SP

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3. Jonathon Niese, SP

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Given the Mets' offensive struggles, Jonathon Niese's record only stands at 3-3, but his other numbers are significantly more impressive. Niese's 2.54 ERA leads all Mets starters and is sixth in the National League. Niese bounced back from a dead arm period in Spring Training and has been one of the league's bigger surprises. which could earn him a serious look when the All-Star rosters are announced.

2. David Wright, 3B

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2. David Wright, 3B

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While David Wright isn't having a typical David Wright season, he's still one of the most recognizable faces in all of baseball. For evidence, look no further than him winning MLB.com's Face of the Game contest earlier this season. Wright's down year is still on par with many in a weak 3B crop in the National League, and he's still one of the better hitters in the game away from the confines of Citi Field.

1. Daniel Murphy, 2B

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1. Daniel Murphy, 2B

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Daniel Murphy has probably been the Mets' best overall player this season, although he still has his troubles defensively and on the base paths. Murphy leads the team with a .299 BA and .778 OPS and is tied for seventh in the majors with 85 hits, only five behind the overall leader, Jose Altuve. Although Murphy's numbers don't appear to be All-Star caliber, there aren't many NL 2B who are demonstrably better, which could earn Murphy the nod.