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NY Mets All-Star candidates: Who’s heading to Colorado this summer?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 27: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets walks off the field after game one of a double header against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on May 27, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the Colorado Rockies 1-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 27: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets walks off the field after game one of a double header against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on May 27, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the Colorado Rockies 1-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 01: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets is looked on by a member of the Mets medical staff and manager Luis Rojas #19 after injuring his hand while batting during the seventh inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on May 1, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 01: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets is looked on by a member of the Mets medical staff and manager Luis Rojas #19 after injuring his hand while batting during the seventh inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on May 1, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Entering the 2021 season, the potential for the New York Mets to have multiple All-Stars was through the roof. After all, on paper, this is one of the most talented rosters in all of baseball.

However, the number of hiccups the team has had in the first two months have hurt the odds of sending more than one player to the game. A delayed start to the season, rain-outs, and injuries all play a role in this.

Nevertheless, this is the New York Mets. They sit at the top of the National League East, despite having played fewer games than everyone else. That being said, let’s break down the Mets way-too-early All-Star candidates…

No batters

As previously mentioned, the Mets have a loaded roster. Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, and James McCann all have an All-Star appearance to their resume. And would it have shocked anyone if Dominic Smith’s career year in 2020 carried over?

Yet, here they are, sitting with the fewest runs scored in the MLB. What was expected to be a high-powered offense has only produced 34 home runs and owns a .224 team batting average. All five of those former All-Stars have been underwhelming, to say the least at the plate this season, even when healthy.

In other words, barring a dramatic upswing in production, the Mets are not going to be sending any bats to the All-Star game in 2021. The only player who may have had an opportunity would have been Brandon Nimmo, who was hitting .318 with a .430 on-base percentage in 21 games before getting hurt.

Yes, there are many factors that would be behind the Mets not having a player in the field in the All-Star game. But the extent to which their stars have struggled on offense has been widely disappointing so far this year.

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