The Mets pitching staff has been great all season and one of its premier members has been awarded. Jacob deGrom was deservingly named as the Mets representative for this year’s All Star Game in Cincinnatti. deGrom has been one of the league’s best pitchers this year, posting a 8-6 record, 2.30 ERA, 102 Ks, and a 0.97 WHIP over 105.2 innings pitched. As you can see, he has simply been deGrominant.
As it stands, deGrom would be the Mets lone representative at the mid-summer classic. But that could soon change, as closer Jeurys Familia made it onto the final ballot for the game. It is up to the fans to vote him in on MLB.com or by using #VoteFamilia on Twitter. It can be argued that Familia has been the Mets most valuable player this year, closing out games with little room for error, throwing multiple innings on quite a few occasions. His 1.16 ERA is second among NL closers, only to the Cardinals’ Trevor Rosenthal. As a whole, Familia is 2-0, with that stellar ERA, 40 Ks, a 0.91 WHIP, and 22 saves in 24 chances over 38.2 IP this year, all while appearing in 36 games already. It appears that Familia was the victim of a crowded class of closers and the rule requiring each team be represented, as the Brewers’ Francisco Rodriguez and the Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon both made the game as their team’s representatives over Familia.
Overall, the Mets have not posted many deserving All Star candidates in the lineup this year, but deGrom and Familia have been simply unbelievable. So while deGrom is the only guarantee for the Mets in this year’s game, Familia has more than a good case himself. Both players have elevated themselves into the elite class of the National League.
This year’s game will be on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00 PM on FOX. Make sure to vote Jeurys Familia into the game here. On behalf of New York Sports Hub, congratulations to Jacob deGrom and all of this year’s All Stars.