The MLB All-Stars were announced today, and Yoenis Cespedes will be in the starting lineup for the National League having been voted in by the fans. Cespedes is certainly deserving as he is putting up huge numbers for, at times, an offensively challenged team. Coming into tonight’s game, he was hitting .300/.366/.578 with 21 home runs and 51 RBIs.
This will be the second All-Star appearance for the powerful slugger, the first being in 2014 at Target Field in Minnesota when he was representing the Oakland A’s. He also had a memorable appearance in the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field when he defeated Bryce Harper for the crown. He will not be repeating that performance because he is concerned about injuring his wrist.
Joining Cespedes will be two Mets making their first All-Star team: Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia. Syndergaard has emerged as a dominant force this year, posting a 9-3 record and a 2.41 ERA. He also has 123 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 101 innings. With Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list and Jake Arrieta’s recent struggles, Syndergaard could be an option for NL Manager Terry Collins to start the game.
Familia could finish what Syndergaard starts since he will be joining the team as well. He was on the final ballot last year but fell short, but this year there was little doubt he would be on the team. He is 29-for-29 in save opportunities and has a streak going back to last season with 45 straight regular season saves.