Jeff Samardzija SP SF 1 day ago

Samardzija (4-1) allowed just one run on three hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over eight innings in a win Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The only big mistake Samardzija made was a solo home run allowed to Adam Duvall in the fifth inning. This was Samardzija's best start with the Giants (74 Game Score) and the third time in six starts Samardzija has gone at least 7.2 innings and allowed two runs or fewer. Samardzija has a 3.32 ERA with a sharp 35:12 K:BB as his Giants career is off to a fine start.

Jeff Samardzija SP SF 1 week ago

Samardzija (3-1) allowed five runs on five hits while striking out seven over 5.2 innings in a victory over the Padres on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was the second straight start the Giants gave Samardzija a three-run lead in the first. The right-hander didn't need the three runs in his last outing, but he needed the run support on Wednesday. He allowed four hits in the third, including a homer to Matt Kemp, that led to four runs. The San Francisco offense responded in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead. Samardzija couldn't make it through six, but he left with a seven-run cushion. His next start will be next Tuesday against the Reds.

Jeff Samardzija SP SF 2 weeks ago

Samardzija (2-1) allowed one run and six hits while striking out five over 7.2 innings to earn the win Friday against the Marlins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Samardzija was given a three-run lead in the first inning, which was more run support than he'd need in a game in which he dominated the Marlins hitters. He's now allowed three or fewer runs in each of his four starts, and he lowered his ERA to 3.00. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Padres.

Jeff Samardzija SP SF 2 weeks ago

Samardzija (1-1) was handed his first loss of the season Sunday against the Dodgers. he pitched six innings, allowing three runs, six hits and three walks while striking out three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Samardzija was cruising into the fifth, having faced just one more than the minimum through the first four frames. In the fifth inning, he walked Yasmani Grandal, and with two outs, Joc Peterson hit a two-run home run which turned out to be all Kenta Maeda needed to outduel Samardzija. The 31-year-old has pitched decent for his new team, but he needs to cut down on the walks that have led to an ugly 1.45 WHIP. The right-hander has been lucky to get away from touble by stranding a high amount of runners (76.9%), but that's dangerous way to live as a pitcher.

Jeff Samardzija SP SF 3 weeks ago

Samardzija (1-0) picked up the win Tuesday over the Rockies as he allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over eight innings. He struck out five.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Samardzija acclimated himself well to Coors Field in his first start there as a division rival. He induced nine fly ball outs without allowing a home run and didn't give up a single extra-base hit. Samardzija lowered his ERA to 3.38 as a result.

Jeff Samardzija SP SF 1 month ago

Samardzija allowed three runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out six and taking a no-decision Wednesday against the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Samardzija was unimpressive in his debut after signing a $90 million, five-year contract to join the Giants this spring. In 2015 with the White Sox, his strikeout rate fell below 20 percent for the first time in his starting career while leading the American League with 29 home runs allowed. Chris Carter gave reason to believe this trend may continue when he hit a blistering home run off Samardzija in the third. To his credit, the 31-year-old did settled down and retire seven of his last nine batters. He'll look to rebound in his next start on Tuesday in Colorado.

Jeff Samardzija SP SF 1 month ago

Samardzija was dominant in his final spring training start, tossing five scoreless innings while striking out five and walking none in a win over Oakland.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The results have been sub-par for Samardzija this spring, but he insisted that he wasn't worried about the results and was just looking to get his arm ready for the regular season. This was his first start in pitcher-friendly AT&T Park and also his first start during a brisk night in San Francisco, a climate he will be pitching in regularly this season. Thursday's gem will help his owners feel more confident about a bounce-back season after posting a 4.96 ERA with the defensively-challenged White Sox last season. Samardzija is penciled in as the Giants' third starter and will make his debut April 6 at Milwaukee.

Jeff Samardzija SP SF 2 months ago

Samardzija got rocked for seven runs on eight hits (three homers) while striking out three over four innings against the Mariners on Wednesday. His spring training ERA now sits at 8.31 through four starts.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While Samardzija's early results aren't inspiring hope for a bounce-back season, fantasy owners should remember that spring training stats should be taken with a grain of salt. Looking past the ugly spring ERA, we have to remember that he still throws in the low-to-mid 90s and has shown the combination of decent control (2.77 BB/9) and strikeouts (6.43 K/9) to be an effective fantasy option. Even if Samardzija shows up on Opening Day the same pitcher he was for the White Sox last season, the change in ballpark (hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field to pitcher-friendly AT&T Park) and the vastly improved defense behind him (Giants 28 DRS to the White Sox -38 DRS) should produce better results for the 31-year-old.

Jeff Samardzija SP SF 5 months ago

Samardzija has agreed to a five-year, $90 million deal with the Giants, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The deal is currently pending a physical. Nevertheless, Samardzija heads west to a very pitcher-friendly environment, where he should also benefit from a move back into the National League. Samardzija's strikeout rate tumbled from 23.0% (8.3 K/9) in 2014 to 17.9% (6.9 K/9) last season with the White Sox, and he showed a sudden propensity for yielding flyballs, which should be much less damaging in his new home park if that trend holds up. He will likely slot in behind Madison Bumgarner as the Giants' No. 2 starter to begin 2016.

Jeff Samardzija SP SF 6 months ago

Samardzija turned down his qualifying offer from the White Sox on Friday and will remain a free agent, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The move comes as little surprise, as Samardzija will be able to command a multi-year deal likely worth more than the $15.8 million qualifying offer. The 30-year-old suffered through a rough contract year, putting up a 4.96 ERA while seeing a decline in his strikeout rate to 6.9 K/9. He should still generate substantial interest on the open market, and the White Sox will receive a compensatory draft pick when he signs.