Mets RHP Jacob deGrom is the only pitcher in baseball with an ERA under 2.00.
And as much as he may deserve to start Tuesday's All-Star Game, he understands he might not get the nod over a hometown favorite.
While the Nationals' Max Scherzer is tied for the National League lead with 12 wins and ranks fourth in ERA, deGrom hopes he gets the chance to start the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.
"I think that getting chosen to an All-Star Game is an honor," deGrom said. "Getting chosen as the starting pitcher is a step above that, so it would be an honor to start it. I'd like that, but I guess, we'll have to see what happens."
DeGrom only has a 5-4 record, but his 6.0 WAR ranks second among NL pitchers to the Phillies' Aaron Nola. He's been the victim of lack of run and bullpen support, hence his few wins, while Scherzer is 12-5.
DeGrom and Scherzer are among the best pitchers in the National League. While Scherzer's 182 strikeouts top the NL, deGrom is tied for second with 149. Both deGrom (0.97) and Scherzer (0.90) have WHIP rates under 1.00.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will determine who starts on Tuesday, and deGrom is confident in himself.
"I want to start the game," deGrom said. "I want it."
Tuesday will be deGrom's second All-Star Game appearance. In 2015, he struck out Stephen Vogt, Jason Kipnis and Jose Iglesias in the sixth inning on just 10 pitches.
Perhaps he will have an encore.