Edwin Diaz’s Mets journey leading into his 2022 All Star berth can be deemed “The Most Dramatic Career in Mets History.”
For all the controversies and questions surrounding the ill-fated trade that sent Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners to the Mets and Jarred Kelenic and several others the other way, the Mets have appeared to gain an edge because of Diaz’s status among baseball’s relievers. But it wasn’t all roses for Diaz, with the ridiculous number of home runs he gave up in his first season as a Met, and fans calling for Brodie Van Wagenen to be fired right away.
But Diaz has settled in to New York nicely after that, and one could imply from comments earlier this week that he is falling in love with New York. His 100 mph fastball and unhittable 90 mph slider is aging like fine wine and is so much fun to watch. It is evidenced by his 50.3 percent strikeout rate and 1.78 ERA among other reasons why he is arguably baseball’s best closer; these are stats you’d see in baseball’s fantasy suites.
Starling Marte most likely got his All-Star nod in a “2-on-1".
It was a difficult choice for the final outfield reserve spot on the National League, and it was probably between Starling Marte and Brandon Nimmo. Nimmo has been excellent for the Mets all season in getting on base and playing great defense in center field, but Marte’s offense was just a tad better than Nimmo’s in the first half, leaving Nimmo rose-less (Nimmo could be named as an injury replacement at some point).
Marte is the only one of the Mets’ All Stars that was new to the team this year. In fact, Marte is the first Met since Francisco Rodriguez in 2009 to make the All-Star team in his first season with the Mets after signing as a free agent. Marte has been just about everything the Mets could have asked from him in the first year of his four-year pact. He leads the team with 87 hits, 50 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases, while hitting .291 for the season with nine homers.