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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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ATLANTA, GA – MAY 17: Taijuan Walker #99 of the New York Mets prepares to pitch in the first inning of an MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on May 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – MAY 17: Taijuan Walker #99 of the New York Mets prepares to pitch in the first inning of an MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on May 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Can the starters overcome the lack of starts?

Yes, the Mets schedule has been all over the place due to COVID-19 postponements and rainouts. At the same time, the starters have been absolutely dealing.

New York’s starters have compiled an earned run average of 2.85, easily ranking amongst the top five in the MLB. Now, David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi are not going to make the All-Star game. But the Mets big three of Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Taijuan Walker might.

Starting with deGrom, he will need to remain healthy to add on to his outrageous 2021 case. While he may have missed time, deGrom is just under 15 strikeouts per nine innings, has the lowest WHIP in baseball, and an ERA well below 1.00. Certainly, the numbers are there, he just needs more starts to solidify that bid.

Meanwhile, Marcus Stroman is having an even better year than his All-Star campaign in 2019. Coming off of a coronavirus opt-out season, Stroman has a 2.47ERA in 10 starts, and has been the heart and soul of the starting staff through all their injuries.

Last but not least is Taijuan Walker, who’s been pitching at an elite level out of the gate in his first year with the team. In eight starts, Walker owns a 2.05ERA with a 0.98WHIP, having the most wins above replacement on the team only behind deGrom.

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The 2021 season has been an odd one so far for the New York Mets, with all the schedule mayhem and a beaten-up roster. Even so, it is looking like the team can watch at least one of their pitchers on the mound during the 2021 MLB All-Star game on July 13th.

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