Schmidt named to third All-Star team
Right-hander boasts second-best ERA in National League
SAN DIEGO -- Right-handed pitcher Jason Schmidt, back to the dominating force he was two seasons ago, was named Sunday as the Giants' lone representative in the 77th All-Star Game at Pittsburgh's PNC Park on July 11.Schmidt, who sports a 6-3 record with an 2.73 ERA that's second best in the National League, showed his power on June 6 against Florida, when he struck out 16 batters in a 2-1 victory, matching famed Christy Mathewson's franchise record set in 1904. The performance also broke the San Francisco mark of 15 strikeouts set by Gaylord Perry in 1966. "It's definitely an honor, especially after last year going through what I did [12-7 record, 4.40 ERA], and to come back this year and get an opportunity like this, it means a lot," said Schmidt. "It's always an honor just to go," he said. "If you don't get selected ... all the other years I was disappointed. You've got to enjoy the moment, and going back to Pittsburgh will be fun." Schmidt pitched for the Pirates from 1996 to 2001. The 33-year-old Schmidt, who earned All-Star berths in 2003 and 2004 when he won 17 and 18 games, respectively, and was a top candidate for the NL Cy Young Award -- he finished second three years ago -- boasts a six-game winning streak this season after an 0-2 start. Although winless in his last four outings, he has thrown quality outings in three of those starts. Schmidt deserved better than a no-decision in his previous start, allowing only one run over seven innings in the club's 2-1 victory. He also threw well on June 23 vs. Oakland, giving up two runs over seven frames in a Giants loss. Whether Schmidt pitches in the All-Star contest is another matter. If the rotation holds, he will oppose the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 9 at Dodger Stadium. Schmidt was the starting pitcher in the 2003 All-Star Game at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, allowing one hit and striking out three in two scoreless innings. While selected to the Midsummer Classic in 2004, he did not participate after throwing 130-plus pitches in his previous start.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.