Jacob deGrom was the only New York Mets player selected to represent the National League at the 2018 All-Star Game. Brandon Nimmo, who is having a breakout year, and Asdrubal Cabrera both missed the cut despite having solid seasons.
The news of deGrom making the team comes as no surprise, as the Mets ace is having a Cy Young-caliber season. He leads the National League with a 1.79 ERA and a 2.33 FIP, ranks second with a 0.89 WHIP and a 4.1 fWAR, and is third with a 31.2% strikeout rate. deGrom is a potential candidate to start the game, although Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer has the likely edge due to the location of the game.
This is deGrom’s second All-Star selection, after he served as the team’s lone representative in 2015. He pitched the sixth inning of that game and struck out Stephen Vogt, Jason Kipnis, and Jose Iglesias on 10 pitches in a dazzling display.
Nimmo missed out on making the All-Star team despite numbers that suggest he belongs in the mid-summer classic. He ranks first among National League outfielders with a 148 wRC+, second with a .901 OPS, fourth with a .386 on-base percentage, and fifth with a 2.5 fWAR. His recent struggles may have cost him a spot, as he’s collected just five hits in his last 36 at-bats (.505 OPS).
Nimmo also was not one of the five players chosen for MLB’s “Final Vote” to determine who would land the final spot on the team. He could still be an All-Star depending on injuries and withdrawals.
Asdrubal Cabrera also had a case to make the team, as he has posted impressive numbers in his final year under contract. He is hitting .280/.328/.479 with a 120 wRC+ and a 1.8 fWAR on the season. He leads all Mets hitters with 15 home runs and 49 RBI.
The 89th All-Star Game will be held at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, July 17 at 8:00pm.