Renteria endorses Samardzija for All-Star team

Renteria endorses Samardzija for All-Star team

CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija doesn't have the won-loss record that would justify being considered an All-Star, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria feels the right-hander should be on the National League team.

Samardzija ranks seventh in the NL with a 2.53 ERA, and seventh in strikeouts with 97. He just hasn't gotten any run support. The right-hander has received one or zero runs of support in eight of his 16 starts, and has a 2.82 ERA in those outings. He has a 1.63 ERA in eight starts at Wrigley Field, but he's just 1-3 in those games.

"If the question is, would I recommend him? Yes," Renteria said when asked if Samardzija should be on the All-Star team. "Would I be criticized for it? It really wouldn't matter. He's pitched extremely well. He's among the top 10 pitchers in ERA. We haven't scored a whole lot of runs for him.

"Is he an individual who deserves sincere consideration? Absolutely."

Last year, pitcher Travis Wood was the Cubs' lone All-Star representative.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 10:59 p.m. CT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.