The Mets were snubbed in more than one way Monday afternoon by NL All-Star manager Tony La Russa, as R.A. Dickey was not picked to start the All-Star Game Tuesday night. In addition to Dickey’s snub, David Wright will also not be the starting designated hitter for the NL squad.
Dickey’s stats were more than worthy of the starting pitcher spot in the All-Star game, but he will instead be pitching sometime in the first half of the game as San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain was selected as the starter.
La Russa said that both Dickey and Cain were “equally legitimate” in earning the starting spot, but Cain nonetheless got the nod.
La Russa says that Cain and Posey have familiarity already because of being on the same team during the regular season, but Cain has a good point when he says that it would have been beneficial for Dickey to start.
“I was actually thinking that it might be a little bit of help if R.A. were able to start it, because maybe Buster would be able to catch him today and then catch him warming up or something like that – maybe a little bit of help doing it that way,” Cain said. It makes sense as Posey is not familiar with catching the knuckle-balling Dickey, so it should be interesting to see how he fares during the game.
After losing out on the starting 3rd baseman spot on the NL squad to San Francisco Giant Pablo Sandoval, David Wright lost out on the starting designated spot as well. La Russa opted to instead go with Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzales in the designated hitter spot.