I’ve done a little research, and it seems as if generally 8-10 starting pitcher make each year’s all-star game and 4-6 relievers (generally closers) make the team as well.
Unfortunately it’s not as easy as just picking the top 10/5 pitchers, as sometimes these roster spots are used to make sure each team has a player on the team. But in any case, let’s take a peek at how each of these three players ranks at his position (NL only – and I separated starters and relievers).
Johan Santana – tied for 14th in ERA (2.76), tied for 31st in Wins (4) , tied for 6th in Innings Pitched (78.1), tied for 20th in K’s (57)
Mike Pelfrey – 10th in ERA (2.39), tied for 2nd in Wins (8), tied for 17th in IP (71.2), tied for 27th in K’s (52)
Francisco Rodriguez – 24th in ERA (2.15), tied for 9th in Saves (11), tied for 8th in K’s (35)
So it seems as if Mike Pelfrey should be the only one with a real shot at making the roster, but given Santana’s fame and history, his inclusion wouldn’t be surprising as well. What does everyone think – who will represent the Mets as pitchers, if anyone?