ATLANTA -- From unwanted to All-Star? Jay Bruce, whom the Mets spent much of this past offseason trying to trade, has been one of the team's most consistent hitters so far this season, and he's one of eight Mets on the All-Star ballot that Major League Baseball released Monday.
One notable absence from the ballot is fellow outfielder Michael Conforto, who did not have a starting spot on Opening Day. Also on the ballot is catcher Travis d'Arnaud, first baseman Lucas Duda, second baseman Neil Walker, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, third baseman Jose Reyes, and outfielders Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes.
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Bruce leads the Mets with seven home runs, though Cespedes -- who is on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain -- and Conforto are right behind him with six. Most other Mets hitters are either injured or struggling, making those three the club's most likely All-Star position-player candidates at this point.
Fans do not vote on pitchers, though the Mets have several candidates to make the All-Star Game in that category. Most notably, Jacob deGrom leads the National League with 44 strikeouts, including 35 in his past three starts. Noah Syndergaard, the Mets' best pitcher in early April, injured his lat during Sunday's start against the Nationals, which will affect his candidacy.
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.