Jacob deGrom
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New York Mets starting pitcher and lone representative Jacob deGrom was presented with his All-Star Game jersey at Citi Field.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom was selected to his second MLB All-Star Game, and it was a well-deserved honor.

The 30-year-old, who was also an All-Star in 2015, currently sports a major league-leading 1.68 ERA, despite a paltry five wins, as he has gotten virtually no run support this season.

deGrom, who has been so good that it would be almost impossible for the team to receive equal value back should they trade him, has been the Mets’ best player this season by far.

The starter received his All-Star Game jersey prior to the team’s game on Saturday, July 14.

The lanky starter was joined by two members of the NYPD while receiving his jersey. deGrom has a great case for being the man who starts the game for the National League.

That said, MLB’s wins and strikeouts leader Max Scherzer is more likely to get the nod, however, since the game is being played in Washington D.C.

There was never any doubt that deGrom would be an All-Star this season, but it is slightly surprising that he is the only player from the Mets going. Both Asdrubal Cabrera and Brandon Nimmo have cases for having been named all-stars, but neither was selected.

deGrom made his MLB debut against the New York Yankees in 2014. He was expected to make a start or two and then move to the bullpen, but proved to be too good to take out of the rotation, as he went on to win Rookie of the Year.

It worked out very well for deGrom, as he has recorded a 2.78 ERA to go along with a 50-36 record in his career. He’s been in the top 10 in Cy Young voting twice, finishing seventh in 2015 and eighth in 2017.

He should be in the top three in Cy Young voting this season and has a good chance to win it, especially if the Mets can grab him a few wins in the second half.

But for now, he gets to enjoy his second, well-deserved, All-Star experience.

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