The 2016 MLB All-Star Game had it all: A beautiful ballpark in San Diego, stars from all over the entire league, a sendoff for Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, and even three players from New York. Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, and Dellin Betances all saw action at some point during the contest, but perhaps the bigger surprise was the fact that none of the New York Mets participants— Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, and Jeurys Familia—saw any playing time.
National League and Mets manager Terry Collins decided not to use any of his players, and they refused to comment on the situation after the game in which the American League won, 4-2. These three players have been and will be instrumental in the hunt for October and that magical land of playoff baseball, and having them pitch and risk injury is something the Mets simply cannot afford to do. Syndergaard has bone spurs in his throwing elbow, and losing him would further deplete and already bare Met rotation.
Matt Harvey is gone for the year, Steven Matz has bone spurs as well, and Jacob deGrom turned down a spot in the game due to fatigue. The undeniable centerpiece of this team that is their starting pitching staff isn’t looking like it can lead the Met back to the playoffs let alone a World Series, and Collins decided to put the health of his guys and their chances of making the playoffs ahead of winning a virtually meaningless game.
After all, the Mets are six games back of the Nationals, and, with a wild card spot not fully guaranteed with the likes of the Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Los Angeles Dodgers playing good baseball at the moment, need to stay healthy by any means necessary if they even have a chance of making it through the dog days of a grueling second-half of the season.
As much as Mets fans would’ve surely enjoyed seeing Bartolo Colon pitch and possibly even hit in what would be an appropriate end to a great story, they have to understand that Collins was looking out for his players and the championship aspirations of his team’s fans.