Despite having a couple of his own players available to him, Mets and National League manager Terry Collins opted to keep Jeurys Familia and Bartolo Colón in the dugout during the National League’s 4-2 loss in the All-Star Game last night. The Mets were the only NL team to not have any players take the field during the game.
American League manager Ned Yost was able to start two Royals players—Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez—thanks to the fan vote, and Kelvin Herrera came in to pitch the sixth inning. Yost used players from 13 of the 15 AL teams.
Yoenis Céspedes was voted as one of the NL’s starting outfielders this year, but he had to bow out thanks to a strained right quad suffered against the Nationals on Friday. Noah Syndergaard, who has been dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow, was pulled from the same game thanks to arm fatigue, and Collins didn’t want to risk anything and so kept him out of the lineup.
Familia and Colón, however, were both healthy and available. Collins stated in his pregame press conference on Monday that Colón would only be brought in should it be absolutely necessary. Collins later stated in his postgame comments that Colón would have been used should the game have gone to extra innings. He also said that Familia would have only been used if the NL had earned a lead, due to Collins’s desire to rest his closer. Familia appeared to take his benching in stride, stating, "maybe next year."