This weekend, the rosters for the 82nd annual MLB All-Star Game were announced.
As we all know, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran will be representing the Mets in this year’s game—to be played next Tuesday night at Chase Field in Arizona.
However, the lingering question is should Reyes and Beltran be joined by one of their teammates: Dillon Gee?
Despite his great start to this season, the answer to the preceding question is “No.”
Gee has been a very pleasant surprise for the Mets this season. He picked up right where he left off (and then some) from his strong September last season.
He currently is 8-2 with a 3.47 ERA through 13 starts. He is also tied for the league lead in winning percentage at .800.
However, only 13 starts are probably what hurt him the most when NL manager Bruce Bochy was selecting his staff. Gee was brought up when Chris Young went down for the season.
If Gee had made those five more starts with some success, he might have earned a spot on the team. But for now, let’s be content that he is pitching great and leave it at that. If he duplicates this performance in the coming years, he should definitely be an All-Star at some point.
While the non-selection of Gee seems to be justified, the same cannot be said for Bochy leaving off a few NL pitchers having even better seasons that Gee.
Bochy selected four pitchers from his own San Francisco Giants pitching staff: Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Brian Wilson.
Wilson—the closer—should obviously be there. Even Vogelsong—who’s been a career journeyman—rightfully deserves his first All-Star selection after posting a 6-1 record with a 2.13 ERA.
However, the selections of Lincecum and Cain—normally two of the game's top pitchers—might just be Bochy rewarding his own guys.
Lincecum has had an off year and sits at 6-7 with a 3.04 ERA. Cain meanwhile is just 7-4 with a 3.02 ERA. Though maybe one could have made the team, taking both over other deserving pitchers doesn’t seem too fair.
Braves starter Tommy Hanson was probably the biggest snub. He’s 10-4 with a 2.52 ERA and has the lowest batting average against in the league at .193. If those aren’t All-Star numbers, than seriously what are?
Even Pirates starter Kevin Correia could be considered a snub. At 11-6, he’s tied with Jair Jurrjens and Roy Halladay—both on the NL team—for the league lead in wins.
These snubs may get a chance, however, to make the team as last minute replacements. Cain and Cole Hamels are scheduled to pitch Sunday so won’t be available for Tuesday’s game.
Hanson, Correia or maybe even Gee may get the call to fill in those spots. Either way, hopefully Gee will continue this output in the second half.