NEW YORK — Matt Harvey is only in his second major league season, but it didnt take him long to grab a first.
Harvey received the most votes in the All-Star game balloting among NL pitchers, outpacing the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw. The former Tar Heel ace has become a dominant force during his sophomore season with the Mets, compiling a 7-2 record and 2.27 earned run average with 141 strikeouts.
I thought Matt would pitch good; I didnt realize hed pitch this good, Mets manager Terry Collins told the New York Times. From what I saw last year in the second half, you say, Wow, the skys the limit here. But to come as fast as hes come to where hes at right now, thats pretty impressive.
The decision on whether Harvey will start the game will be made by Bruce Bochy, the San Francisco Giants manager, who will lead the NL team. The Mets travel to San Francisco for a three-game series this week, and Mets manager Terry Collins said he planned to speak with Bochy about his plans for Harvey and about whether he might need to adjust the Mets pitching rotation to accommodate them.
Harvey will be joined by teammate David Wright in the 84th All-Star game, which will be played at their own Citi Field on July 16.
Raleigh native Brandon Phillips of the Reds will be the starter at second base.
Baltimore slugger Chris Davis powered past Detroit Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in the final week to claim the most fan votes in All-Star game balloting, and Washington outfielder Bryce Harper used a final surge to win a spot in the National Leagues starting lineup.
Right-hander Max Scherzer was one of a major league-best six Tigers chosen. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina led the NL fan vote announced Saturday night. He is one of the Cardinals five All-Stars, tops in the NL.
I think any time you are getting that recognition not only from your fan base but from everybody across the nation I think it feels good to know that people are watching, Davis said.
Mets young ace Matt Harvey and third baseman David Wright will represent the host team in the 84th All-Star game. Harvey received the most votes among NL pitchers in the player balloting, outpacing the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw.
Cuban defector Yasiel Puig wasnt picked not yet, at least. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder with just one breathless month in the big leagues is among five candidates for the final NL spot, with fans able to vote online through Thursday.
Puig is joined in the final NL five by shortstop Ian Desmond of Washington, first basemen Freddie Freeman of Atlanta, Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and outfielder Hunter Pence of San Francisco.
The American Leagues five are all relievers: Detroits Joaquin Benoit, Torontos Steve Delabar, the Yankees David Robertson, Texas Tanner Scheppers, and Bostons Koji Uehara.
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was one of the 68 players selected. The 43-year-old career saves leader will hop across town as part of his retirement tour for a 13th All-Star appearance, second most by a pitcher behind Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, who made 17 teams.
The fact that I went through all the adversity and Im standing here talking about the All-Star game its a privilege, said Rivera, who has 29 saves this year after missing nearly all of last season with a torn knee ligament.
Davis finished with 8,272,243 fan votes to edge Cabreras 8,013,874, for his first All-Star selection. Davis has 33 homers, seventh best before the break in big league history.
Davis is the second first-time All-Star to lead the voting, joining Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001).
Third base was a talent-laden position, and one player to be left off the AL roster was Oaklands Josh Donaldson. The Athletics one selection was 40-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon.
Colon is an All-Star for the first time since 2005, when he won the AL Cy Young Award with the Angels. At 11-3 with a 2.73 ERA, Colon is making his third All-Star team. This one comes, though, after he began the season finishing a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
The 20-year-old Harper trailed Justin Upton by several thousand votes, but he homered in his return from the DL this week and moved into the lead
Overall, 30 players will be making their first All-Star appearance.
The Pirates landed four players on the squad.
New York Times News Service writer Andrew Keh contributed to this article.