Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis: Zack Greinke has “earned the right” to start All-Star Game.

Zack Greinke‘s 1.48 earned-run average leads all major league pitchers by a wide margin — more than half a run better than Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett (1.99). Over the weekend he was officially chosen to the National League roster for the All-Star Game next Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Just prior to the announcement, I asked Greinke if he felt like he deserved to start the game. He declined to answer. So did second baseman Howie Kendrick, who’s been Greinke’s teammate in Los Angeles and Anaheim.

Wednesday, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis volunteered an opinion.

“He’s earned the right with his performance to start next Tuesday’s game,” Ellis said.

Greinke is third in the majors in WHIP (0.89) and his .778 winning percentage is sixth. His record would certainly be better than 7-2 with better run support. The Dodgers are scoring only 3.71 runs per game Greinke starts. Only 16 qualified National League pitchers get less.

Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole, Shelby Miller, Jacob deGrom, Madison Bumgarner, A.J. Burnett and Michael Wacha are the other starting pitchers on the NL roster.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.