By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on July 14, 2014
The first half of the season was a disappointing one for the New York Mets for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they only sent one player to the MLB All-Star Game for the first time in more than a decade. But brighter days are ahead for the Mets, and next year they’ll not only start to win more games, but they’ll have a healthy contingent of players going to the All-Star Game. Here are five Mets that will be all-stars in 2015.
Wright has had an up and down 2014 season, and he was deservedly left off this year's All-Star team. But his hiatus from the Midsummer Classic will only last one year. Wright will certainly be able to get it going next season and have an All-Star caliber season. Wright will be playing in several more All-Star games before his career over, and he'll get back there next season.
Mejia has taken to the role of closer like a fish to water and he has the stuff to be one of the best closers in the game. He made the transition from starter to closer too late in the season to gain All-Star consideration this season, but he'll begin next season as the Mets' closer, putting him in position to become an All-Star.
Outside of a possible cameo appearance in September, Harvey will miss all of the 2014 season. But by the start of the 2015 season, he should be real close to full strength coming back from Tommy John surgery, and he'll hit the ground running when the season starts. If Harvey comes back and is anything close to the pitcher he was in 2013, he'll be an All-Star next season.
Injuries kept Lagares from making a push for an All-Star spot this season after a hot start, but he'll have another chance to get there next season. Lagares is showing signs of having a strong second half, and that could put him on everybody's radar heading into the 2015 season to have a true breakout season and get an invitation to the All-Star game.
Niese seems to get better and better each season, and he was knocking on the door of the All-Star game this season, although the Mets' poor record kept him from getting there. With more support next season, Niese will have a better record and will be standout pitcher in 2015, earning him a spot on the NL All-Star team.
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