The Mets have multiple pitchers who could make the National League All-Star roster. One of the biggest surprises would be to see Rick Porcello represent his childhood team in the game.
Porcello has never been an All-Star in his 11 big league seasons. Even with a Cy Young Award to his name, the veteran righty has never had the privilege of playing in the Midsummer Classic.
The path for Porcello to land on the All-Star roster would require a year like the one he had in 2016 when he won 22 games for the Boston Red Sox and earned the Cy Young. He’ll need to have plenty of victories, a low ERA, and own an ERA that bests at least three other pitchers on the Mets.
With deGrom looking like a lock to represent the Amazins in the All-Star Game, it looks like Porcello will just need to outpitch Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz. The former two have been to the All-Star Game before with Matz yet to appear. While I would be shocked to see Matz there, I feel Porcello is equally as surprising but slightly more possible given his lengthier track-record of staying healthy and productive.
The Mets didn’t sign Porcello to have an All-Star campaign. He’s here to fill out the rotation and complete the pitching staff with five quality starters. I think he’ll be able to do that just fine. To get more would be a tremendous bonus.
An All-Star year from him could drastically change the fortunes of this organization. Single-handedly, he makes this offseason a huge win for Brodie Van Wagenen.