The 2013 All Star teams have been announced, and the selections for the New York Mets came as no surprise. Third baseman David Wright was elected as a starter by the fans while starting pitcher Matt Harvey was elected by his peers to the National League All Star Team. Both picks are well justified by the pair's first half production. Wright, who will be making his seventh All Star appearance, is hitting .305 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI's in 82 games. Wright has also picked up 14 stolen bases and scored 47 runs for a solid all around contribution to the Mets. Wright's selection ties him with Darryl Strawberry and Mike Piazza for the second most All Star Appearances in franchise history behind Tom Seaver's nine. Wright also will be starting his fifth All Star Game as a Met, tying him with Strawberry for the second most of all time and trailing only Piazza's six All Star starts in the franchise record books.
Harvey was selected by his peers to the All Star team, and the selection is the first of his young career. Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.27 ERA and leads the National League with 141 strikeouts in 123 innings pitched. Harvey also has a 0.91 WHIP, good for tops in the NL. Harvey is widely considered the favorite to start the All Star Game for the National League with the game at Citi Field. That speculation was given some credence on Fox's All Star Selection Show, which reported that NL Manager Bruce Bochy will start Harvey in the game as long as his schedule allows. At this moment, Harvey is currently scheduled to start Monday in San Francisco and Sunday July 14th in Pittsburgh. If Harvey makes that start on the 14th, he will be ineligible to pitch in the All Star Game due to a rule forbidding starting pitchers from appearing with only one day of rest. The Mets could avoid this scenario by scheduling Harvey to pitch on Saturday since they have a day off between the two series. Doing this would keep Harvey on turn, allow him to start the game, and help create a special night for the Mets and their fans.
Here are the full rosters for the All Star Teams (starters are in bold):
C: Jason Castro (Houston Astros), Joe Mauer (Minnesota Twins), Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals),
1B: Chris Davis (Baltimore Orioles), Prince Fielder (Detroit Tigers)
2B: Robinson Cano (New York Yankees), Jason Kipnis (Cleveland Indians), Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox), Ben Zobrist (Tampa Bay Rays)
3B: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Manny Machado (Orioles)
SS: J.J. Hardy (Orioles), Jhonny Peralta (Tigers)
OF: Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays), Nelson Cruz (Texas Rangers), Alex Gordon (Royals), Adam Jones (Orioles), Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
DH: Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays), David Ortiz (Red Sox)
SP: Clay Buchholz (Red Sox), Brett Cecil (Blue Jays), Bartolo Colon (Oakland A's) Yu Darvish (Rangers), Felix Hernandez (Seattle Mariners), Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners), Justin Masterson (Indians), Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox), Max Scherzer (Tigers), Justin Verlander (Tigers)
RP: Jesse Crain (White Sox), Joe Nathan (Rangers), Glen Perkins (Twins), Mariano Rivera (Yankees)
C: Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals), Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants)
1B: Allen Craig (Cardinals), Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona Diamondbacks), Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds)
2B: Matt Carpenter (Cardinals), Brandon Phillips (Reds), Marco Scutaro (Giants)
SS: Everth Cabrera (San Diego Padres), Jean Segura (Milwaukee Brewers), Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado Rockies)
OF: Carlos Beltran (Cardinals), Domonic Brown (Philadelphia Phillies), Michael Cuddyer (Rockies), Carlos Gomez (Brewers), Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals), Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
SP: Madison Bumgarner (Giants), Patrick Corbin (Diamondbacks), Jose Fernandez (Miami Marlins), Matt Harvey (Mets), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Cliff Lee (Phillies), Jeff Locke (Pirates), Travis Wood (Chicago Cubs), Jordan Zimmermann (Nationals)
RP: Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Jason Grilli (Pirates), Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta Braves)
Note: Italicized players are injured and will not participate in the All Star Game.
The Final Vote candidates for both leagues are interesting. The American League has a group of five relievers to choose from, which include New York Yankees' set up man David Robertson. The National League offers five position players, with the biggest name among them being Dodgers' phenom Yasiel Puig. Be sure to keep checking Mets101.com for all of your All Star coverage.
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