2019 marks the 90th MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio on July 9. Although the Mets sit at .500, they have several players who deserve All-Star consideration. With fan voting having opened on Tuesday, let's take a look at who has the best case to represent the Mets...
Alonso has a chance to be the first Met to start the All-Star Game since David Wright started in Queens in 2013. It would mark the first time a Mets rookie started an All-Star Game.
Alonso is tied for third in the National League with 17 home runs, but faces stiff competition to start, as Anthony Rizzo, Paul Goldschmidt and Freddie Freeman are enjoying excellent seasons and have a much more established track record.
Josh Bell is also a deserving candidate, but the National League won't keep more than four first basemen (one or two players could see time at DH too). If Alonso makes the team, he may not come in until the middle innings -- meaning It's more likely that Alonso's spotlight will shine during the previous night's Home Run Derby.
Diaz is one of the finest closers in the game, and will likely make his second straight All-Star team this season. Only three NL relievers have more saves than him, and his 14.32 K/9 is fifth-best in the NL.
Diaz is a hard-throwing strikeout artist -- exactly the kind of pitcher that Dave Roberts wants to close things out for the National League.
Somehow, deGrom has only been an All-Star twice. That will likely change this year. While he has seen a slight decline from his sublime 2018 form, deGrom has been generally solid for the Mets this year. He's sixth among NL starters in strikeouts and has a wide arsenal of weapons to retire opposing batters.
There aren't many other pitchers MLB would rather showcase on its biggest stage than deGrom.
Conforto has played at an All-Star level this season, hitting .266/.407/.526 with 10 homers. He's fourth among NL outfielders in OPS and WAR, is tied for ninth in home runs and has improved his defense.
The only concerns with Conforto's case are due to the prestige of other NL outfielders. Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich and Ronald Acuna Jr. deserve to start, and even though Conforto has been better than Bryce Harper, Harper is definitely more likely to be voted in.
Other teams with the potential of having fewer overall representatives than the Mets -- like the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Rockies and Pirates -- could see outfielders David Peralta, Juan Soto, Charlie Blackmon and Gregory Polanco make it as their lone representatives.
If Conforto doesn't win the fan vote, he could still make the team if his peers take note of his accomplishments and vote him in.
McNeil is currently out due to a hamstring injury, but if he returns by the middle of June and keeps hitting like he did when over the first six-plus weeks of the season, he should get lots of consideration as a reserve who can play both the infield and outfield.
Before landing on the IL, McNeil was hitting .333/.418/.461 with just 20 strikeouts in 189 at-bats over 46 games.