The 2009 All-Star Game is a little more than a month away, as the National League will look for its first outright win since 1996. The NL has lost 11 out of the last 12 All-Star Games to the American League (2002 resulted in a draw), but it’s probably better to look forward and not to the past. The plan is for our Mets to reach the World Series this year, making the All-Star Game’s home-field advantage aspect even more crucial. Crucial enough that I’m willing to put aside my pointed hatred and root for players such as Chase Utley, who will likely be one of many Phillies to get the start this year. Enough rambling though; let’s take a look at how the Mets stand as of last Monday.
David Wright leads Ryan Zimmerman, 686,000 votes to 482,000 for the start at third base. This looks to be a comfortable lead, and I think with Wright’s hot week, he has even more solidified himself as the NL’s starting third baseman.
Jose Reyes is fourth among NL shortstops. He has fallen behind the leading Hanley Ramirez, 389,000 to 586,000. With Reyes’ injury, there’s no shot he’ll make the ASG this season. Better luck next year Jose!
Carlos Beltran is fourth among outfielders (the top three qualify for starting positions) in what has become a clear four-man race. Carlos is closely behind Alfonso Soriano for third place, 742,000 to 775,000 votes. Soriano’s current HR/RBI/OPS line is 14/27/.791, while Beltran’s stat-line is 7/33/.990. An OPS nearly .200 points higher than Alfonso along with Beltran’s stellar defense should net him the third outfield spot, but Cubs fans are not to be underestimated. It’s fair to say that Beltran will be a reserve at the very least, but we should do our best as Mets fans to get him the start!
Players, coaches, and managers select the pitching staffs for the team. It’s safe to assume that Johan Santana and Francisco Rodriguez are all but locks to represent the National League this year. This leaves the Mets with a likely outcome of four players representing the team in the All-Star game this year – Wright, Beltran, Santana, and Rodriguez. Not too shabby considering the mass fan depression with the injuries the team has sustained so far.
Remember, you can vote an unlimited amount of times, so just click on the ASG picture/link above and let’s get Beltran his start!
Thanks to [www.si.com] for the pictures.