It was a mild surprise to see only one Met make the National League All-Star team, although only Jose Reyes has a legitimate gripe against his exclusion. The Mets are still a mediocre team, whose best players have either underperformed or have missed significant time due to injury.
Reyes has the best case for inclusion, although Hanley Ramirez deservedly won the fan vote and will be starting at shortstop next Tuesday. Cristian Guzman and Miguel Tejada were chosen ahead of Reyes as reserves, however, and that's just wrong. The All-Star Game's arcane rules insist that at least one player from every team make the squad, which explains Guzman's selection. But with Lance Berkman starting at first for the NL All-Stars, the Astros were already represented. Why, then, is Tejada on the team over Reyes? The Mets' shortstop outshines his counterpart in every offensive category except home runs and RBI. Even there, Tejada's slight advantage (10-44 to 9-38) hardly outweighs Reyes's overall offensive presence.
Wright is still in the running for the final spot on the National League team and will probably win the vote, if for no other reason than name recognition. Chipper Jones won the initial fan vote ahead of Wright and deservedly so. Aramis Ramirez was chosen as Chipper's backup, even though his stats are remarkably similar to Wright's. Ramirez has done a better job in the field (7 errors to Wright's 12) and Wright's stats are artifically higher because of the way he has tatooed left-handers this season (a .416/.520/.714 clip). It's close, but Ramirez is a worthy pick.
Beltran, in contrast, doesn't have a particularly strong argument. The fans passed on him and both Matt Holliday and Ryan Ludwick have an OPS at least 100 points higher than Beltran. Nate McLouth is a bit of a reach, but he is still having a better season at the plate than Beltran and is the only Pirate to make the team. In the end, at least five other National League outfielders have more to complain about today than Carlos Beltran.
Ryan Church might've had a better shot at an All-Star nod, but his concussion woes caused him to miss too much time to merit serious consideration. His torrid early season pace was nearly enough to get me to vote for him, but I ultimately went for Xavier Nady instead. (Nady deserved to go more than Church, even though he also missed some time due to injury.)
That brings us to Johan Santana. He hasn't had a bad season, obviously, but Santana has failed to live up to expectations, which I think is what ultimately doomed him here. I think Santana would've been a better choice than Aaron Cook, but the mediocre won-loss total was too much to overcome.