deGrom solid candidate for first All-Star berth
Familia also has Midsummer Classic-worthy credentials
LOS ANGELES -- Given the Mets' obvious strengths and weaknesses over the first half, it was only natural that they had no position players named to the National League All-Star team starting lineup Sunday -- just as it's only natural that they should be well-represented when manager Bruce Bochy reveals his pitching staff Monday.
Jacob deGrom is all but an All-Star lock heading into Monday's reveal, with Jeurys Familia a strong consideration. Those players and others will learn Monday if they've made it.
"Pick up the program and look at what they've done," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You've got Jacob, who's put up a tremendous run, and Jeurys -- if we had a lead a few more times, he'd be leading the league in saves. He's been absolutely brilliant."
On Monday at 7 p.m. ET, the All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates will be announced on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on ESPN. Immediately following the show, fans can return to MLB.com to begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each league until 4 p.m. ET on Friday, July 10.
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On the eve of Monday's selection show, no Met is more All-Star-worthy than deGrom, who has followed up his Rookie of the Year campaign with a 2.30 ERA over his first 16 starts this season, striking out 102 in 105 2/3 innings.
"It would be an honor," deGrom said of potentially going to his first Midsummer Classic. "I haven't really, to be honest, thought about it too much. It would be really cool to make it. I haven't thought too much about it but I would really like to be in it, especially being my second year would be really special."
Of the NL's regular closers, only Trevor Rosenthal of the Cardinals owns a better ERA than Familia's 1.16 mark. Forced into the role after Opening Day due to Jenrry Mejia's injury and subsequent suspension, Familia has thrived in it, saving 22 games in 24 chances.
"When the season started, I just wanted to have a great year," Familia said. "I'm not really looking for the All-Star team. But I take it day to day, trying to do the best I can, and if it happens I'm going to enjoy it."
The Mets do have one other realistic All-Star candidate in Matt Harvey, whose popularity could help him in the player vote despite an uneven season. But on this stage, even Harvey may have to defer attention to deGrom.
"You go out there every time and give 100 percent," deGrom said. "And if you can get rewarded like that, it's a special thing to happen."