Mets third baseman David Wright has been elected to start at third base for the National League in the All-Star Game. In addition to Wright getting the start at third, starting pitcher Matt Harvey will be on the staff. It’s not yet known whether Harvey will start the game, but there seems to be a high probability he’ll get the nod. The game will be played at Citi Field on July 16th.
The rosters were announced live on FOX moments ago during the All-Star Game Selection Show.
Wright, 30, is hitting .305 with a .396 OBP and .920 OPS. He’s slugged 13 home runs, driven in 43 runs, stroked 19 doubles and tripled 5 times. He’s also swiped 14 bases. This will be the seventh All-Star Game for Wright.
Harvey, 24, is having an incredible breakout season. After debuting last July, Harvey has completely blown the doors off in 2013. He’s 7-2 with a 2.27 ERA. Harvey is leading the league with a 0.91 WHIP, 141 strikeouts, 10.3 K’s per 9, and a .514 OPS against. He’s second in BAA (.194). This will be Harvey’s first All-Star Game.
While it won’t be announced for another week or so whether or not Harvey will be starting the game, one of his main competitors (Adam Wainwright) is starting the final Sunday before the All-Star Game and will not be available. Another pitcher who has a chance to start the game is Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann, but he gave up 3 runs in 5.1 innings today as his ERA rose to 2.57. Harvey’s other main competitor is Clayton Kershaw, who is leading the league with a 1.93 ERA.
Getting elected to start at third base this year is extra sweet for Wright, who was knocked out of the starting spot last year after San Francisco Giants fans stuffed the ballot boxes for the undeserving Pablo Sandoval. A similar fate threatened Wright again this year, with Sandoval (who has been injured and far less valuable than Wright) in the lead in the early going.
However, Mets fans and the organization put on a full court press to ensure that Wright got the (deserving) start in his home ballpark.