During the course of his career, New York Mets third baseman David Wright has become accustomed to playing in All-Star games. On seven occasions, he’s been named to the National League All-Star Team, and he’s been absent from the team just once since his breakout season of 2006. But Wright has not been an All-Star caliber player during the first half of the 2014 season and does not deserve a spot on the NL team.
Wright is certainly having a solid season and remains one of the best players on the Mets’ roster and one of the most important parts of the Mets’ lineup. However, he is nowhere close to being one of the best third baseman in the National League based on what he’s done up to this point in the season.
Wright’s season has been plagued by inconsistency and full of hot and cold streaks. He got off to a slow start with just four extra-base hits over the first month of the season. Wright was able to bounce back in May and look like the player the Mets are accustomed to seeing in the middle of their lineup. However, for much of June, Wright experienced one of the worst cold streaks of his career, a stretch that dropped his slash line to .277/.333/.396 and should preclude him from being named to the NL All-Star Team.
In past years, Wright has been a starter on the NL All-Star Team due to his incredible popularity, but that popularity shouldn’t be enough to put him on the All-Star team this season with Pedro Alvarez, Nolan Arenado, Aramis Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval all having strong seasons. Wright has had the best career out of all of those third basemen, but they’ve all outperformed him in 2014.
Even if the Mets need a player to be added to the NL All-Star Team to satisfy MLB’s quota, Daniel Murphy and Jon Niese would be far better choices than Wright based on what they’ve done this season. Wright playing in the Midsummer Classic has been something Mets fans have come to rely on over the past several years while watching the team struggle, but based on what he’s done this season, there’s no way Wright should play in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.