The MLB released its rosters on Sunday for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami. Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was not selected to be a part of the National League pitching staff, leaving fans to speculate why.
Lets look at deGrom’s stats for just a second:
An 8-3 record with a 3.55 ERA and 125 strikeouts through June are All-Star caliber numbers to me.
In addition, the right hander has already exceeded his win total from last season. It is also worth noting that in his last four starts, deGrom has has a remarkable 0.89 ERA.
DeGrom is arguably the only pitcher on the Mets staff who has shown any sort of consistency this year. I think it’s safe to say that all those trade rumors won’t come true after all. Thank God.
Now, taking a look at the current National League pitching staff, one thing stood out to me. St Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez was selected over deGrom. Although Martinez has a great arm, the stats don’t lie.
DeGrom has 2 more wins and 4 less losses than the 6-7 Martinez. Also, the Mets pitcher has more strikeouts than him, despite pitching in 7 1/3 innings less.
Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see the deGrominator follow up his incredible 2015 All-Star Game performance, where he struck out the side on 10 pitches at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
However, it is not all bad news for Met fans who were hoping to watch their team’s players in the mid-summer classic. Michael Conforto was selected into the game as a reserve. In a post I wrote a few months back, I elaborated on why I thought Conforto was worthy of a spot. It seems Cubs manager Joe Maddon agreed.
You can see the whole list of 2017 All-Stars from both the American League and the National League by clicking here.