LOS ANGELES - As expected, the Mets were shut out Sunday night when All-Star Game starters were announced. But they could fare better Monday, when National League skipper Bruce Bochy announces his selections for the pitching staff.
Both starter Jacob deGrom and closer Jeurys Familia have built strong cases for inclusion in the Midsummer Classic on July 14 in Cincinnati. Both are bidding for their first All-Star Game selections.
"Pick up the program and look at what they've done," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You've got Jacob, who has put up a tremendous run and Jeurys, if we had the lead a few more times, he'd be leading the league in saves."
Familia, 25, is tied for fourth in the NL with 24 saves. He has a 1.16 ERA in his first season since graduating to the closer's role after spending last season setting up for Jenrry Mejia.
"It's part of my dream," Familia said. "When I started playing baseball, one day I want to play in the All-Star Game, the World Series, that kind of stuff. If it happens, I'm going to enjoy it and be in the moment."
Meanwhile, deGrom has erased the notion of a sophomore slump. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year is 8-6 with a 2.30 ERA, the latter statistic sixth best in the league among qualifying pitchers.
"He went through a stretch early when he wasn't pitching like we had seen in the past," Collins said. "Then, all of a sudden he fixed it and fixed it fast. He got on that great run."
The Mets' season has been shaped by their collection of elite young arms, though deGrom has emerged as the best of the bunch.
After allowing four runs in just five innings May 11 against the Cubs, deGrom's ERA rose to a season-high 3.46. But in his nine starts since then, the righthander has gone 5-2 with a 1.55 ERA.
"There's some guys that have a feel for it and Jacob's got a feel for it," Collins said. "He's got plus stuff with great makeup and the ability to adjust on the fly. So he's impressive to watch."
In the NL, deGrom ranks 12th in innings (1052/3), and in the top 10 in WHIP (0.97, fifth) and hits per nine innings (7.0 sixth).
"He's awesome," Familia said. "Right now, he's one of the best starting pitchers in the major leagues. He can pitch, he knows what he's doing, he throws strikes. He's got everything for being an all-star."
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