Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
2 months ago

Samardzija has officially been announced as the starter for Saturday's NLDS matchup with the Cubs, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

This move doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Madison Bumgarner wouldn't have been available until Game 3 of the series after pitching in Wednesday's Wild Card game. The fact the he posted sub-3.00 ERAs in both August and September likely played a role in manager Bruce Bochy's decision to go with the Shark over Matt Moore. A matchup against the high-powered Cubs doesn't bode well for his DFS stock, but there is some potential for strikeouts (7.39 K/9).

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
2 months ago

Samardzija (12-11) whiffed a season-high 11 while allowing just two runs on seven hits and a walk Wednesday against the Rockies, but suffered the loss.

EDGE Analysis

His regular season thus ends with a 3.81 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, with two excellent months rounding out the year after a period of midseason struggles. Wednesday was the only double-digit-strikeout game of the year for Samardzija, who was a pretty consistent whiff-per-inning guy up until last season. Still, this rates as a bounce-back campaign for the veteran righty, who showed his trademark endurance while shaving more than a full point off last season's brutal 4.96 ERA.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
2 months ago

Samardzija was dominant in Thursday's win versus the Padres, striking out nine and walking none while allowing four hits over seven scoreless innings.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander turned in one of his finest outings of the season Thursday, pounding the strike zone at a 68 percent clip while tying his season high in strikeouts, which he had not reached since early May. Samardzija is ending the regular season on a high note, as he has now tossed three quality starts in the last four tries, lowering his ERA to 3.83, and he will make his final start Thursday at home against the Rockies.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
3 months ago

Samardzija was effective in Saturday's start versus the Cardinals, allowing just one run on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts across 6.2 strong innings. He did not factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

Samardzija's only detrimental mistake came on a solo home run allowed to Brandon Moss in the first inning, but he was able to escape the danger the rest of the way despite a steady stream of baserunners. Samardzija has shown flashes of his potential with these types of starts this season, but he will need to display some prolonged consistency to reestablish himself as a must-own fantasy asset. He will have the opportunity to build off of Saturday's strong showing Thursday in San Diego.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
3 months ago

Samardzija (11-10) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings in Monday's loss to San Diego.

EDGE Analysis

Samardzija allowed more than three earned runs in a start for the first time since he allowed five over seven innings August 5 against the Nationals. Still, since August, Samardzija owns a 44:15 K:BB with a 3.44 ERA over 49.2 innings of work, and if that's the Samardzija who shows up over the season's final weeks, his fantasy owners and Giants fans alike will be very happy.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
3 months ago

Samardzija allowed two runs on four hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over seven innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Samardzija has now thrown quality starts in four of his last five outings, with the one exception coming at Wrigley Field, one of the toughest draws this season. Nine strikeouts ties a season high for Samardzija, who last accomplished the feat in consecutive outings May 3 and May 8, the latter also against the Rockies. Still, he has just 146 strikeouts in 184.2 innings, his second straight sub-8.0 K/9 after he made that mark every year from 2011 through 2014.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
3 months ago

Samardzija pitched just four innings Thursday against the Cubs, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks. He didn't receive a decision in the eventual 5-4 loss.

EDGE Analysis

He came in on a streak of three straight quality starts, but few pitchers have enjoyed much success against this Chicago lineup. In two career starts against the Cubs -- who drafted him in 2006 and went on to employ him in the majors from 2008 to 2014 -- Samardzija has been blown up for nine runs in 10 innings. He somehow managed to throw 87 pitches in four frames Thursday, leading to the early exit. Fantasy owners who drafted Samardzija thinking that the move to San Francisco would stimulate him have not been rewarded for their faith, as his 4.06 ERA and 1.22 WHIP aren't very helpful fantasy stats, while his strikeout rate has continued falling. The righty's now at 6.75 K/9, well shy of his glory days from 2011 to 2013, when he averaged more than a whiff per inning.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
3 months ago

Samardzija earned his 11th win of the season with seven scoreless innings Friday versus the Braves, striking out six and walking three in the process.

EDGE Analysis

Samardzija had been on a role heading into Friday's cushy matchup, and he kept it rolling with his best outing in recent memory. After struggling mightily throughout the month of July and into August, the right-hander hasa 1.75 ERA over his last four starts and a 19:5 K:BB ratio over his last three. He will face a tough task in his next outing Tuesday versus the Cubs.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
3 months ago

Samardzija fell to 10-9, although he allowed just two runs with seven strikeouts and just one walk across seven innings Sunday versus the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

Samardzija's only mistake came on a two-run Yoennis Cespedes home run in the seventh inning, but that was enough to doom him to a defeat as Noah Syndergaard threw a gem of his own on the other side. He has now posted a neat 2.41 ERA in his last three starts since a four-start stretch in which he struggled during late July and early August, and the seven punchouts were his most since May 24. Samardzija will have the opportunity to continue his recent success Friday versus the hapless Braves.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
4 months ago

Samardzija allowed three runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts in a no-decision Tuesday against the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

Samardzija induced 11 groundouts and 10 swinging strikes but was touched up for three extra-base hits, including an Andrew McCutchen triple. This marked Samardzija's first quality start since July 8 against Arizona. He hasn't struck out more than six batters since May 24 against San Diego either, making him a mediocre fantasy pitcher across the board. He'll make his next start Sunday against the Mets.