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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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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 27: Miguel Castro #50 of the New York Mets in action against the Boston Red Sox at Citi Field on April 27, 2021 in New York City. Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Mets 2-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 27: Miguel Castro #50 of the New York Mets in action against the Boston Red Sox at Citi Field on April 27, 2021 in New York City. Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Mets 2-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Maybe a bullpen arm, or two?

In recent years, one of the Mets biggest issues has been their bullpen. Between the blown saves and falling apart following quality starts, nobody could have seen the elite performance of the bullpen this season coming.

Set aside the fact Dellin Betances might be the new Jed Lowrie, the bullpen arms have all exceeded expectations this year. Players like Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Aaron Loup, and Sean Reid-Foley have been reliable arms out of the pen, with earned run averages under 3.00.

Just those are not the players who may represent the Mets in the All-Star game. Instead, it is the Mets big three – Edwin Diaz, Trevor May, and Miguel Castro.

Without a doubt, nothing has been better than seeing Edwin Diaz back in form. Through 20.1 innings pitched, Diaz may only have a 3.10ERA with 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings. Though, with nine saves, and not a single home run given up, he certainly has a case that can be built upon by July.

After a rough start to the year, Trevor May has been the shutdown righty the Mets needed when they signed him this off-season. In 18 innings, he owns a 2.50ERA and has everything from five holds to one save. Like Diaz, he sits at 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings.

If Diaz and May continue a strong stretch of play, they could pitch their way into the All-Star game. Nonetheless, because of the games, the Mets have had postponed, their numbers are hurt compared to the rest of the league.

As for Miguel Castro, that may not be the case, as he has just been that good for the Mets.

In his first full season with the Mets, Castro is putting up career numbers. In 19.1 innings pitched, Castro has a 2.79ERA with an amazing mark of 14.0 strikeouts per nine innings. Additionally, Castro has only given up one double and 13 total hits all year, as well as three holds.

Again, the Mets bullpen was never supposed to be a strength for this team. Yet, two months into the 2021 season, the Mets have one of the top five in the entire league.

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