Familia has Mejia's Final Vote support

Mets closer vying for spot on National League All-Star team

Familia has Mejia's Final Vote support

SAN FRANCISCO -- Almost every day during his suspension, Jenrry Mejia talked to Jeurys Familia. Rather than be jealous that Familia had overtaken his role as the Mets' closer, Mejia was thrilled, going as far as to offer pitch-selection advice when Familia blew a save against the Blue Jays in mid-June.

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"We always talk about it," Mejia said.

So count him among those rooting for his teammate as Familia tries to work his way onto the National League All-Star team. Voting is open now at MLB.com to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, and Familia is a candidate. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League until 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

To make the team, Familia must best a star-studded ballot. And after the first day of voting, he ranked fifth behind Johnny Cueto of the hometown Reds, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.

Familia did all he could to further his candidacy Monday in San Francisco, closing out the Giants in a 1-2-3 ninth to lower his ERA to 1.13.

"Oh, sure he was," NL manager Bruce Bochy said when asked if he gave Familia strong consideration for the team. "I know all about him. He has great stuff and of course had a great first half. That's why he's on the fan voting. You're not on that unless you get a lot of consideration."

Familia hopes to be an All-Star

During the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati on Tuesday, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, the fans' collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

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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.