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Ranking Mets player odds of making the 2021 All-Star team

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets is greeted by Michael Conforto #30 and Dominic Smith #22 after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets is greeted by Michael Conforto #30 and Dominic Smith #22 after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 07: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets in action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 07, 2020 in New York City. The Phillies defeated the Mets 9-8 in ten innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Possible, but will take some convincing

Up next we have what I believe to be the most interesting category of guys. These players wouldn’t be the biggest shock, but it would take some convincing, mainly due to the elite competition at their positions.

First up we have a guy that fans still seem to be very torn on with Edwin Diaz. Yes, Diaz was not great in 2019, but he bounced back nicely in 2020 and showed the type of pitcher he can be, and who I believe he is. Just because he was apart of a deal that looks to be terrible for the Mets, does not mean it is his fault, he is a good pitcher and there is no denying that.

The biggest thing that will be in his way from making the All-Star team is the competition around the league. With so many teams have deep bullpens around the league and multiple top-end pitchers, it makes it harder to make the All-Star team as a relief pitcher. If Diaz can have a similar season like 2020 or his historic 2018 season, it is very possible we see him in the All-Star game.

Next up, we have the new backstop for the Mets with James McCann. McCann has seemed to have found himself at the plate the last two seasons in addition to his above-average defense, making him a pretty solid player. As a result of his recent success, he made the All-Star in 2019.

McCanns struggles of making the All-Star team this season will likely be due to the competition around the league instead of his own performance struggles. With other star catchers in the National League like J.T. Realmuto, Wilson Contreras, the emergence of Travis d’Arnuad, and rising star Will Smith, McCann has some solid competition.

The last guy that can possibly make it but will need some convincing is Brandon Nimmo. Nimmo’s defense in center is still a bit of a concern, but his ability to get on base at an elite rate and hit some home runs help him greatly.

The abundance of great outfielders is where Nimmo gets hurt. He already has two guys on his own team that I believe have a better shot than him in Smith and Conforto, not to mention the rest of the league that is stacked in the outfield. If Nimmo were to improve other areas of his game such as his average, stolen bases, and defense, it could definitely be possible to see him get an All-Star nod.

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