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Should Michael Conforto Be The Mets Lone All Star?

 

Considering how the season has progressed, and the ebbs and flows of the season, when the All Star rosters are announced, it should come as no surprise that the Mets will likely have just one representative on the National League roster. In some ways that is quite odd as the Mets do have some strong candidates to be a representative on the All Star Game roster.

The natural choice for the selection has long been Michael Conforto. Conforto jumped out of the gate to start the season, and for much of the season, he was the second best outfielder in the National League. However, he has slumped in the Month of June. His slump has coincided with a back issue, and now, he is on the Disabled List with a bone bruise on his hand. His numbers are still terrific with him hitting .285/.405/.548 with 14 homers and 41 RBI, but the struggles have opened the door for someone else to be considered.

The other Mets player that has been outstanding from the beginning has been Jerry Blevins. No one baseball has made more appearances than Blevins this year. In his 42 appearances, Blevins is 4-0 with a 2.60 ERA, 1.265 WHIP, and a 12.7 K/9. In what has mostly been a horrendous Mets bullpen, Terry Collins has been able to go to him time and again to get the big outs. With his stats, and the fact he’s done it more than any other reliever in all of baseball, he should naturally be an All Star. However, LOOGYs rarely make the roster leaving the door open for someone else.

Fellow bullpen arm, Addison Reed is having another outstanding season for the Mets. Bounced between set-up man and closer, Reed has done everything the Mets have asked him to do. Through it all, Reed has made 40 appearances, more than any other closer in baseball, and he is 0-2 with a 2.59 ERA, 14 saves, a 1.104 WHIP, and a 9.1 K/9. Few teams have as consistently dominating an arm in the bullpen, and Reed should be awarded with an All Star appearances.

Another outstanding and consistent arm that deserves to be an All Star is Jacob deGrom. For those of us that forget, deGrom was the story of the 2015 All Star Game, and he would have been an All Star last year if he did not step aside for his teammate Bartolo Colon. It’s time they now find time for him. Since working and figuring things out with John Smoltz, deGrom has been the most dominating pitcher in baseball. Over his past four starts, he is 4-0 with a complete game, 0.84 ERA, 0.719 WHIP, and an 8.7 K/9.

More than that, deGrom’s 125 strikeouts are fourth in the National League, and his 10.8 K/9 is the third best. What will likely hold him back is the poor May deGrom had. Overall, the ace is “just” 8-3 with a 3.55 ERA, 1.221 WHIP, and a 10.8 K/9. That May will likely open the door for another Mets player to be named an All Star.

That brings us the second most likely selection in Jay Bruce. Right now, Bruce is on pace for a 40 HR, 100 RBI season. The slugger is having a career year hitting .264/.335/.524 with 20 homers and 55 RBI. For what it is worth, those are better numbers than what Bruce put up last year when he was named an All Star.

Overall, with the Mets playing much better of late, the team has much more viable All Star candidates than initially presumed. And that is even before we discuss Curtis Granderson having been the best hitter in the National League in the Month of June and his outstanding stats since May 1st.

At the moment, it appears like Conforto is the likely nominee, and he is well deserving. However, he should be joined by one or two of his teammates on this roster.

6 thoughts on “Should Michael Conforto Be The Mets Lone All Star?”

  1. Gothamist says:

    I am very anxious if he goes.
    Do not think he can cut it against the breaking ball inside. (Or expecting it fooled by the fastball) can he choke up on two strikes and foul off the FB if he expects junk inside? Is his swing just one way and can not get there to just foul it off?
    Can Cespesdes do that?

    What about young emerging superstars in the MLB, who are the Dwight Goodens, 2016 DeGroms.

    I want to see dominance or for a hitter or outfield gun or vacuum in center field.

    The Sidney Crosbys, Mile Trouts, Chapmans, Andrew Millers, The Bryce Harpers and Daniel Murphys.

    I want DeGrom there and if Conforto is a top six outfoelder he will earn it the REAL way. Msybe they both earned it?

    You liked Travis d A, how are the other catchers fairing?

    DeGrom can dominate anyone.
    He has done it before.
    He is on a roll.
    He may very well be up there in wins if not recent or total season IRA.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Conforto is a superstar in the making. The only thing that has stopped him thus far is health.

      1. Gothamist says:

        Ok, write him in for the ASG.

        I do not see the consistency in the field either but he stacks up there already. Ok, He is our representative. I know that you and your dad and your son have reasin to watch him. Your son will have MC as his childhood idol if he choses him.

        At this moment, I have no interest in watching the game.

  2. Gothamist says:

    I meant DeGrom at his first All Star game obviously not 2016.

  3. Gothamist says:

    DeGrom is 14th in WAR of the starting pitchers. How many more starts?
    Looks like he may not earn it in time.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      It looks like he won’t, but he’s pitched well enough to merit a spot

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