Mets garner no All-Star starter finalists in last vote tally

Jun 19, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) reacts after striking out during the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Bad luck for the New York Mets. Shockingly, none of the Mets’ position players finished as finalists to start in the 2024 MLB All-Star Game. The finalists in the National League were laid out by Michael Mayer of Metsmerized Online.

Pete Alonso’s case to be a National League All-Star starter at first base

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The Mets who had the strongest chances to open up the All-Star game this year were first baseman Pete Alonso, shortstop Francisco Lindor and left fielder Brandon Nimmo. The trio lead New York in home runs while keeping their batting averages at a respectable ballpark, yet voters found counterparts at their respective positions more deserving.

When examining Alonso, the former home run king of the Major Leagues is back to business with 16 home runs and a .241 batting average. He also sports a .465 slug percentage on the year and currently sits in the top five in the bulk of counting stats in the NL at the position, making his case strong to gain entry as a reserve.

Mets: How the NL All-Star race has shaken out at shortstop with Francisco Lindor’s omission

Apr 24, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) rounds third base on a two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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As for Lindor, the reigning 30-30 club member has been a bright spot for the Mets in 2024. The switch-hitting infielder has 13 home runs and 13 stolen bases on the campaign, along with a team-high 52 runs. In this case, Lindor was the victim of a talented landscape of shortstops in the NL. Former MVP Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Trea Turner of the Philadelphia Phillies were the two players picked ahead of him.

The Puerto Rican talent is currently outpacing both Betts and Turner in runs, doubles (23) and stolen bases, and places in the top-five in the NL in each category. He could join the 30-30 club again this year and contend for another Silver Slugger award should he play the final 84 games of the campaign and show out. However, the Mets (39-39) are far behind Turner’s 53-win Phillies and Betts’ 51-win Dodgers, and both of his competitors are having themselves seasons in their own right, adding more to their calling cards.

Brandon Nimmo has a great case to be a 2024 All-Star in left field

Jun 16, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after hitting a single against the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports
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Shortstops have played well and first basemen have excelled on both ends, but with six outfielders to nominate, Nimmo’s exclusion comes as a surprise. The outfield selections were Jurickson Profar and Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego Padres), Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers), Brandon Marsh and Nick Castellanos (Phillies) and Teoscar Hernandez (Dodgers).

Nimmo has done his part to make sure that his name belongs in their class. The former triples leader from 2022 is leading all left fielders in the same department this time around with two. Profar and Hernandez are the only left fielders that outpace Nimmo in RBI’s, doubles and slug percentage, while the latter is the only one of the bunch that has an edge over him in the home runs department, though Nimmo stands alone in the runs category with 50.

The Mets trio still have the chance to be named All-Star reserves. Though, the Mets could see stand-in ace Luis Severino named to the festivity.

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