Does Any New York Met Deserve to Make the All-Star Team?
All-Star rosters are going to be announced tonight, but it’s going to be hard to pick a representative from the New York Mets. No one player is having a clear-cut All-Star season.
If any position player deserves to make the All-Star team for the Mets this year, it’s Daniel Murphy. He’s batting .294/.344/.414 with seven home runs, while playing average defense. Along with Brandon Phillips, he has the most home runs of any NL second baseman, including the runaway votes leader, Chase Utley. Utley has cooled off considerably since his hot start in April. But Murphy has competition in Dee Gordon, who has 42 stolen bases, which is not a big surprise. The surprise is he’s hitting .300 with a .355 OBP. He deserves an All-Star nod, as does Scooter Gennett, who is having a surprising year for the Milwaukee Brewers. His .816 OPS leads all NL second basemen by a long way.
David Wright, usually a perennial All-Star, is having an off-year. His batting average, OBP and slugging percentage are all below his career norms. There are several other third sackers having better seasons than Wright this year.
Curtis Granderson got off to a horrendous start in April, but he’s batting .287/.378/.502 since May 1. Had he played better in April, he may have been considered, but he has a lot of competition in right field, like Giancarlo Stanton and Yasiel Puig.
Lucas Duda has blossomed with the increased playing time that came with the departure of Ike Davis. Duda leads the Mets in home runs with 13 and is seventh among NL first basemen with a .820 OPS. But he has way too much competition. Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo and others are all having better seasons.
From the pitching staff, Jon Niese is having the best year out of all the Mets’ starters. He’s a deceiving 5-4 with a 2.98 ERA, but now he’s on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. Several relief pitchers have done well for the Mets but none more than Jeurys Familia. He has a 2.22 ERA in a team-leading 41 appearances. He has locked down the setup role for the Mets, but will there be room on the All-Star roster for a non-closer?
By rule, the Mets have to have one representative on the All-Star team. It’s up to the discretion of NL manager Mike Matheny. Based on sheer performance (and availability), Familia deserves it the most, followed by Murphy and Duda. The sad part is no Met is having a standout season.