Duda, Mets need help in All-Star voting

Wright still among top five among National League third basemen

Duda, Mets need help in All-Star voting

NEW YORK -- Despite Lucas Duda's continued success at the plate, the star power of other National League first basemen has made it unlikely that the Mets will put a position player in the All-Star Game starting lineup.

Only injured third baseman David Wright ranks in the top five at his position in voting, according to the latest tallies from the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot released Tuesday by Major League Baseball. Duda is nowhere to be found, despite an .874 OPS in 56 games.

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The Mets' best All-Star candidates all reside on the pitching staff, from closer Jeurys Familia to starters Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. But fans do not vote for pitchers.

Last year's lone Mets representative at the game, second baseman Daniel Murphy, recently hit the disabled list with a quad strain. That leaves the Mets without any obvious candidates to make a charge in All-Star voting; though Duda's case is strong, the resumes of Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and Los Angeles' Adrian Gonzalez are considerably stronger.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.