With the All Star game a little more than two weeks away, prospective Mets’ all-star hopefuls have two more weeks to showcase their skills for the Mid-Summer Classic, which, as you all should know, is being held at Citi Field. The last time the Mets hosted the All-Star game was back in 1964.
Just how cool would it be if—even in this sub-satisfactory season—on July 16, when the NL All-Star team is announced, that the Mets could have the NL’s starting third baseman and starting pitcher?
It’s all but certain, that in some capacity, Matt Harvey and David Wright will at least make the squad for the senior circuit. There is also an outside shot that Bobby Parnell could receive a selection. And after a torrid start, John Buck predictably regressed and has played himself out contention for a spot as back-up catcher.
Considering the game is at the place the Mets call home, this exhibition could provide a nice, little summer respite for some loyal fans.
With the Mets tapping into social media and reaching out to cougar websites among other things, they are making a strong push to make Wright the starting third baseman of the National League.
As of last Sunday, Wright was the leading vote getter at third base. On merit alone, Wright deserves the nod. Consider the numbers.
Among NL third basemen, Wright is tops in OPS (.910) and stolen bases (15) while placing second in home runs (12), RBI’s (41), runs (41), hits (85) and batting average (.305).
When looking at it from a sentimental viewpoint, Wright deserves the nod as well.
Wright has been the face of the franchise for nearly a decade and the six-time all-star and first-time captain deserves to have his name called out in front of all the loyal Mets’ faithful that will be in attendance for the game.
As for Harvey, well, what else is left to be said?
Once again, a splendid Harvey start went down the tubes on Friday night when the bullpen spoiled yet another chance for a Harvey victory.
In seven magnificent innings, Harvey allowed just one run on three hits and no walks while also striking out 11 batters. Just another day at the office for Harvey.
Harvey’s ERA is now a pristine 2.00. Harvey leads the NL in ERA, WHIP (0.85), strikeouts (132) and batting average against (.188). Harvey, who is 7-1, could easily have more wins if not for an anemic offense and pathetic bullpen playing behind him.
So, the fans have to do their part to make sure Wright gets the nod, while Bruce Bochy—who will manage the NL squad—will have to make the call on naming the starting pitcher.
July 16 could be a banner day for the Mets. Yes, the season the Mets are having is less than desirable, but with Wright possibly being rewarded for his contributions to the club over the years and Harvey representing the bright future of the franchise, this day could be a beacon in an otherwise dreary season.