NEW YORK -- It may be too late for Steven Matz to make the All-Star team, and likely for any Mets position player as well. But the Mets should still have some worthy representative at the 2015 game, despite their struggles on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Only injured third baseman David Wright, who has played eight games this season and will not return until the second half, cracked the top five at his position in the latest tally of voting released Monday by Major League Baseball.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.
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The 2015 All-Star starters will be unveiled on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET on the Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show on ESPN. Then on Monday at 7 p.m. ET, the All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates will be announced on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on ESPN, immediately after which fans can return to MLB.com to begin casting their 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Votes for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. Final Vote ends Friday, July 10, at 4 p.m. ET. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.
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Though outfielder Curtis Granderson has been the hottest Mets position player of late, batting .333 with seven home runs in his last 23 games, his early-season slump should prevent him from making the All-Star Game. Once-surging first baseman Lucas Duda has dropped off of late, while injuries to Wright and Daniel Murphy have undermined any chance they might have had of making the game.
The Mets' top All-Star candidates are starting pitchers Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey, and closer Jeurys Familia, but fans do not vote for All-Star pitchers. Last year, Murphy was the team's only representative.
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.