Injuries Have Cost New York Mets Potential All-Stars
Even with a less-than-impressive record, inconsistent play, and an offense that looks futile at times, the New York Mets have a good chance to put multiple players on the All-Star team this year.
One way or another, third baseman David Wright should find his way onto the NL All-Star team for the eighth time in his career. Meanwhile, Jon Niese and Daniel Murphy have both made strong cases to be All-Stars this season. However, injuries have prevented two other Mets from being viable All-Star candidates in 2014.
The first player is center fielder Juan Lagares, who just started his second stint on the DL this season, which will kill any chance of him playing his way onto the All-Star team. Lagares showed last season that he was an All-Star caliber player defensively, but early in the season he started to show that he could be one offensively as well. He was the Mets’ best hitter during the first two weeks of the season before his first injury, and if he could have kept up that pace, he would have been an All-Star for sure.
In addition to Niese, the other pitcher on the Mets’ staff who warrants All-Star consideration is Dillon Gee. However, Gee’s presence on the DL will likely cost him any chance to be an All-Star. He ran into some trouble early in the season, but from the middle of April until the time he went to the DL, he was as consistent as any starting pitcher in the NL, lowering his ERA to 2.73.
But with just three wins and eight starts on the season, Gee will garner little consideration for the All-Star team, even if he returns from the DL and picks up where he left off before his injury.
Even with the injuries, the Mets have an outside shot at sending three players to the All-Star Game in Wright, Murphy and Niese. But not only have injuries hindered them on the field, key players going down have prevented the Mets from having more players in serious contention for spots on the All-Star team, as Lagares and Gee could have been candidates had their seasons not been derailed by stints on the DL.
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