On July 3, 2011, the 2011 MLB All-Star Game representatives were announced. Representing the Mets this year are shortstop Jose Reyes, who is having a phenomenal season and is bound to set some new Mets records. He will be the starting shortstop. The only other Met chosen was Carlos Beltran as a reserve outfielder. Beltran is having a nice bounce-back season and has proven the critics wrong by staying healthy and playing virtually every day so far this year. However, one Met that should have gotten an All-Star nod was the rookie Dillon Gee.
Gee has had one of the best rookie seasons in Mets history. So far, he is 8-2 with a 3.47 ERA in 83 innings pitched. He also has a solid 58/33 strikeout/walk ratio. However, he started off 7-0 and was dominating the opposition. But this does not thoroughly illustrate how significant he has been for the Mets this year. With ace Mike Pelfrey and R.A. Dickey both having inconsistent seasons and Chris Young out for the season, Gee has become the dependable starter the Mets have needed.
Gee is certainly a front-line contender for the National League Rookie of the Year award if he pitches as well in the second half of the season as he did in the first half. If he stays consistent, the Mets could have him, Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese as a solid triumvirate of young pitchers that could be with the Mets for a long time.
With Gee not getting the All-Star nomination he deserved, now is a good time to look back on five other recent Mets' All-Star snubs.