As expected, there will be no Mets in the starting lineup for the National League when the 2015 All-Star Game begins on July 14 in Cincinnati. In case you haven't been following too closely, the Mets don't have many good hitters, and those are the only players whom the fans are allowed to vote for.
At the outset of the season, an optimistic Mets fan may have imagined David Wright or perhaps Lucas Duda starting in the midsummer classic, but Wright has been on the disabled list with a back injury since mid-April and Duda has been slumping hard for the past month.
Even if both players were at the top of their games, it would be tough to surpass the performances that Paul Goldschmidt and Todd Frazier are putting on at the corner infield positions this year. Both guys are legitimate MVP candidates. Or, rather, they would be if anyone was interested in giving that award to a player on losing team.
On Sunday night, the results of the All-Star voting were released, yielding nine starting position players for the American League and eight for the National League (AL voters get to choose a DH). Here are the results:
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros
3B: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
SS: Alcides Escobar, Royals
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Lorenzo Cain, Royals
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
DH: Nelson Cruz, Mariners
C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B: Dee Gordon, Marlins
3B: Todd Frazier, Reds
SS: Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals
OF: Matt Holliday, Cardinals
OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
As you can see, only four Kansas City players won the vote at their respective positions, which means the apocalypse has been avoided... for now. Over in the senior circuit, three NL East players qualified, but Stanton will certainly be replaced due to his recent hand injury. Holliday is also questionable because of a quad strain, but Harper will hopefully put on enough of a show for all three outfielders. Gordon should bat ninth, but will probably bat leadoff. Such is life.
This news does not mean that we won't get to see a Mets player in the All-Star Game. The rosters are still required to contain at least one member from each MLB club. We'll figure out who is representing the Mets on Monday night, when the pitchers and reserve players for each league are unveiled.
Right-handed pitchers Jacob deGrom and Jeurys Familia are considered New York's top candidates for the NL roster. deGrom ranks sixth in the league among qualified pitchers with a 2.30 ERA and fifth with a 0.97 WHIP, while Familia has been an excellent reliever with a 1.16 ERA and 0.91 WHIP to go with 40 strikeouts and 12 walks in 38.2 innings.