The third player I believe the Mets may have represent them at this year’s Midsummer Classic is closer Edwin Diaz. Diaz has been the one of the few bright spots so far this year for a bullpen that is ranked among the worst in the majors.
The former Seattle Mariner came over this past offseason as part of a package that brought Robinson Cano to the Mets in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and highly touted minor league prospects Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic.
Last year, Diaz led MLB in saves with 57 and posted a minuscule 1.96 ERA to boot. Currently, Diaz is 14 for 16 in save opportunities with the 2019 Mets and has a 2.80 ERA. The 25-year-old has also tallied 43 strikeouts in almost 26 innings pitched.
Should Diaz be able to accumulate 4 to 5 more saves over the next few weeks, Dave Roberts could certainly use his filthy stuff late in the All-Star game in a late-inning relief type of role.
In a season where consistency and simultaneous solid play by different facets of this Mets ball club have been few and far between, there are a few candidates that may garner attention as being National League All-Star-worthy nonetheless.
Whether or not the Commissioner’s Office recognizes the players I have mentioned above as being worthy of a selection, it should be up to us fans to log onto our computers and do our best to vote for our favorite Mets to make July’s Midsummer Classic in Cleveland.
After all, there is no point in leaving things up to chance when they don’t necessarily have to be.
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