Mets First Time Selection: Carlos Carrasco
One of the newcomers to the Mets this offseason, Carlos Carrasco is a player who has surprisingly never made an All-Star team in his career.
Since 2014 Carrasco holds a 3.41 ERA over 1004 innings pitched and over 1100 strikeouts, which is particularly good. Outside of 2019, Carrasco has never had an ERA above 3.63 since 2014.
With all that being said I think Carlos Carrasco is poised to make his first All-Star appearance of his career this year.
Similar to Dom Smith, Carrasco probably was on his way to make the team in 2020 if it was a full 162 game season. He was pitching to a 2.91 ERA over 68 innings with 82 strikeouts in 2020. For comparison, Jacob deGrom pitched to a 2.38 ERA over the same number of innings and 22 more strikeouts and he is the best pitcher in baseball.
I think that if Carrasco can stay healthy and make his starts, he will be poised to have a very good season pitching in the National League where there will no DH in 2021 barring a last-minute agreement by MLB and the MLBPA.
I would even go as far as to say that even if there is a last-minute agreement to bring the DH to the NL for the 2021 season that Carrasco is still poised to make his first All-Star team in 2021. That is how good I think he can be this year with the New York Mets franchise.