On Monday, David Wright was overtaken by Aramis Ramirez in All-Star voting to start at third base for this year’s NL team, and rightfully so. No players on the New York Mets should be starting for NL.
Wright, who was leading the way at third base for the majority of the year, is now sitting nearly 20,000 votes behind Ramirez. It makes complete sense if you look at their numbers. Wright is batting .278 with six home runs and 39 RBIs. Ramirez, on the other hand, is batting .292 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs. I mean, I could even make the argument that Pablo Sandoval should have more votes than Wright.
Not only are Ramirez and Sandoval having better seasons than Wright, but their teams are playing better. Their success translates directly to the success of their team, and that isn’t the case with Wright.
Daniel Murphy is the other potential All-Star for the Mets, and he recently dropped out of the top five in voting. Leading the way at the second base position is Chase Utley, followed by Neil Walker and Dee Gordon. Offensively, Murphy can hang with any one of those players, but it’s his defense that causes him to fall back.
Murphy is batting .298 this year with six home runs and 29 RBIs. Those power numbers would be that much better if Murphy ever hit with anyone actually on base. That’s just how bad the Mets’ offense has been this year.
Although the Mets’ pitching has performed well this year, especially Jonathon Niese and Daisuke Matsuzaka, they can’t make arguments to start the game, even though I believe Matsuzaka should make it after the way he has reinvented himself.
It pains me to say it, but the Mets are only going to have one, maybe two players representing the team at the Midsummer Classic, and they will be coming off the bench. That’s all they really deserve.