Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
2 days ago

Samardzija threw four scoreless innings Friday, striking out three and walking none in a win over the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty bounced back in a nice way after allowing six runs in his last spring training start. His 8.22 Cactus League ERA looks ugly on paper, but it won't affect his status as the Giants' fourth starter this season. Samardzija has also been working on his split-finger fastball this spring, which could help explain the poor results. He will look to repeat last year's sub-four ERA over 200-plus innings in his second season with San Francisco.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
2 weeks ago

Samardzija received an invite to join Team USA as an alternate in the WBC.

EDGE Analysis

Samardzija seems willing to join his countrymen in action at the WBC, but he also understands that the decision may not ultimately be his, stating that, "When you play for another team and you're committed to them for a long-term stretch it's a little out of your hands." If he attends, he will join teammates Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey on Team USA, and he may also be joined by new teammate, Mark Melancon, who was also extended an alternate invitation. Wherever he ends up finishing out his spring campaign, one thing is for sure, he will begin the regular season as the Giants' fourth starter.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
4 weeks ago

Samardzija said that his bounce-back campaign last year can be attributed to rediscovering his splitter. He will work on honing the pitch this spring, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

While his entire 2016 season should be considered a bounce-back (3.81 ERA) after posting an ERA north of five in 2015, Samardzija was referencing the tail end of his season when he talks about finding his split-finger fastball. Earlier in the year, the hard-throwing righty was relying on his cutter as his go-to secondary pitch, and got mixed results. Incorporating a curveball had some success at certain points of the year, but it was the splitter that provided the best results for Samardzija. He threw 113 splitters in September after throwing just 35 combined splitters over the first five months of the season. The results were notable for The Shark, posting a 2.95 ERA with a 4.2 K/BB ratio in the final month of the season. Samardzija said that he will be working on honing his splitter throughout the Cactus League, so -- as with all veteran pitchers who have their rotation spot locked down -- take his spring training stats with a grain of salt.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
1 month ago

Samardzija has been named the fourth starter in manager Bruce Bochy's spring training rotation, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

No surprises here, as the top four of San Francisco's rotation had been known heading into spring training, it was simply a matter of what order they would be slotted in. Samardzija had a bit of a rocky ride in the first year of his five-year contract, but the end results were solid (3.81 ERA) and were a huge step in the right direction after his abysmal 2015. He will be one of the better fourth starters on paper and should get some favorable matchups early in the year when fourth starters face off against other fourth starters.

Jeff Samardzija
SP SF
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
7 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.