Brandon Nimmo, Taijuan Walker, and Francisco Lindor were “sent home” at the “rose ceremony” as All Star snubs.
You could have made an All-Star case for as many as seven Mets players this year. That’s why this Mets team has been so fun to watch because of all the different players having great seasons.
The thing that probably held Nimmo back from the original All-Star team was there were several outfielders with better offensive production than him. It is something we can totally understand given that guys like Mookie Betts and Ronald Acuna, Jr. are in the National League, while Kyle Schwarber just will not stop hitting home runs for the Phillies.
After watching Taijuan Walker twirl seven scoreless innings on Sunday, matching zeroes with potential All Star Game starter Sandy Alcantara, I thought for sure Walker was making his second straight All-Star team with the Mets, which was unlikely when he signed his two-year contract before last season. Walker has a 7-2 record with a 2.63 ERA on the season, and being the steady presence for the Mets’ injury-riddled rotation was a case that would have sent him to Dodger Stadium next week. But they only picked seven starters instead of the usual nine or ten.
Francisco Lindor had a good All-Star case this year, as he is second among National League shortstops with 15 home runs and 60 RBI’s, the latter of which would put Lindor on pace for a career high in. Similar to Alonso, Lindor played a role in a lot of the key Mets hitting moments of the season. But Trea Turner of the Dodgers and Dansby Swanson of the Braves had far superior first half performances to him when you look at the averages and production.
So until next year in Seattle, if you did not receive a rose, please take a moment and say your goodbyes.