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Jeff Samardzija | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jeff Samardzija pitched brilliantly in a no-decision against the Orioles on Saturday, allowing just one run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings.
The Shark racked up nine strikeouts on the afternoon while issuing a pair of free passes. The only damage against him came on an inherited runner that rode home on Manny Machado's home run after Samardzija had departed. A popular name in trade rumblings, he'll carry a 4.33 ERA and 97/22 K/BB ratio into Thursday's start against the Blue Jays. Jul 4 - 5:09 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jeff Samardzija "is on the list" of the Blue Jays.

Samardzija has already been dealt twice over the last year and the impending free agent is likely to be on the move again with the White Sox out of contention. The right-hander has put up a disappointing 4.56 ERA this season, but his stuff looks to be intact and he would be a welcome upgrade to the Blue Jays' rotation.
Jul 3 - 9:10 AM

Jeff Samardzija was terrific for most of Sunday but lost it late in a loss to the Tigers.

"Shark" dominated the Tigers for seven shutout innings but came apart in the eighth. Or, rather, he was hung out to dry by White Sox manager Robin Ventura in the eighth. After hitting Ian Kinsler with a bases-loaded pitch, Samardzija looked to empty the tank when he bounced back to strike out Miguel Cabrera. Ventura stuck with the righty, though, and Victor Martinez cleared the bases with a double. It's been a maddeningly inconsistent season for Samardzija, who now has a 4.56 ERA and just one win over his last seven starts. He'll take on the Orioles next weekend.
Jun 28 - 4:31 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Astros "remain interested" in Jeff Samardzija.

Rosenthal first connected Houston to Samardzija back in mid-May, noting that Astros scouts had been monitoring the 30-year-old right-hander's outings. And they still are. Samardzija owns an ugly 4.53 ERA in 101 1/3 innings this season for Chicago, but Rosenthal notes that the White Sox defense is partly to blame. He'd probably fare much better from a fantasy perspective in Houston, at least in the win expectancy department. Rosenthal also connects the Astros to A's left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 25 - 8:42 AM

Jeff Samardzija limited the Twins to two runs over seven innings in a win on Tuesday.

Samardzija scattered eight hits and a walk over his seven innings, striking out seven in the outing. The right-hander has had a bit of a return to form in recent starts, as Tuesday was his third straight going seven innings with three or fewer runs allowed. Despite that, the win was his first since May 22. Samardzija is 5-4 with a 4.53 ERA and 1.33 WHIP heading into Sunday's showdown with the Tigers in Detroit.
Jun 23 - 11:20 PM

Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs and 10 hits over seven innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Pirates.

Samardzija struck out seven and walked none, but he was the victim of another 10-hit game while pitching in front of arguably the game's worst defense. It's the fourth time this season he's allowed 10 hits or more. Julio Teheran is the only other pitcher with that many. Only Kyle Lohse also has as many as three.
Jun 18 - 11:59 PM

Jeff Samardzija pitched one of his better games this season on Saturday, holding the Rays to three runs over seven innings.

Samardzija struck out seven and walked one while scattering six hits. He didn't allow more than one run in any inning, helping to keep the Rays under control over his seven innings on the mound. The game would be decided in Tampa's favor after Samardzija exited the proceedings. Tough no-decision aside, Samardzija's been inconsistent this season with a 4.84 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 70/16 K/BB ratio over 87 1/3 innings, but hopefully Saturday's start is a step in the right direction. He'll try to build off of the outing when he faces the Pirates in a scheduled home start next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 13 - 8:19 PM

Jeff Samardzija posted another tough start in Sunday's loss to the Tigers, yielding six runs on 10 hits over 7 1/3 innings.

After allowing two runs through five innings, Samardzija was tapped for three runs in the sixth. Yoenis Cespedes torched him for a solo homer with two outs in the inning. The clearly rattled Samardzija then gave up a single to Tyler Collins before J.D. Martinez blasted a 410-foot homer to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead. The Tigers would score an additional run in the eighth to finish off Samardzija's line. In 2014, Samardzija posted sub-3.50 ERA's for both the Cubs and A's, but 2015 has seen harder times, as the 30-year-old righty now holds a disappointing 4.82 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings. A road date with the Rays is up next on the schedule.
Jun 7 - 5:01 PM

Jeff Samardzija was knocked around by the Rangers on Tuesday, allowing nine runs on 12 hits over five innings.

Samardzija served up two home runs among his 12 hits allowed. The loss was his first since April 29 after a month of May in which he went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA. It hasn't been so pretty for the right-hander overall, as he's now 4-3 with a 4.68 ERA and 1.34 WHIP through 11 starts. He'll look to get back in the win column Sunday against the Tigers.
Jun 2 - 10:46 PM

Jeff Samardzija got a no-decision despite limiting the Blue Jays to one unearned run in 7 innings as the White Sox pulled out a win in 10 innings on Wednesday.

Samardzija scattered eight hits and a walk while striking out five. The lone run scored in the seventh on a Josh Donaldson sacrifice fly. After a rough April, Samardzija has mostly pitched well in May, lowering his ERA to 3.84 with a 1.25 WHIP and a 54/13 K/BB ratio in 68 innings. He'll face the Rangers in a road start next.
May 27 - 4:21 PM

Jeff Samardzija held the Twins to two runs and three hits over eight innings in a victory Friday.

Samardzija fanned nine, besting his previous season high in strikeouts by two. He's now 4-2 with a 4.28 ERA and a 49/12 K/BB ratio in 51 innings for the season. If he keeps striking out four batters for each one he walks (hardly an impossibility, considering he was at nearly 5:1 last season), his ERA should continue to drop.
May 22 - 11:17 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros recently scouted White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

It might not mean much, as Rosenthal writes that they are "examining a long list of potentially available starting pitchers," so it was likely just a matter of due diligence. However, the White Sox could make Samardzija if they continue to struggle. The 30-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter.
Source: FOX Sports
May 19 - 11:34 AM

Jeff Samardzija pitched eight innings of three-run ball against the A's on Sunday.

Facing off against his former team, Samardzija pitched a nice, if unspectacular, game. He struck out five, walked three and served up eight hits. All three runs against the right-hander came in the fourth and fifth innings. Max Muncy burned him for a two-run homer and an inning later Billy Butler had an RBI ground out. Samardzija has pitched unevenly to this point, with a 4.58 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 40/11 K/BB ratio across 53 innings. Sunday's start seems like it could be a step in the right direction, and he'll try to build off of it in next weekend's home series against the Twins.
May 17 - 7:12 PM

Jeff Samardzija struggled in a no-decision facing the Brewers on Monday, yielding seven runs (five earned) in six innings.

Samardzija served up three runs in the first inning and another two in the second, putting himself in a hole early. He was able to mostly settle down from there, giving up eight hits in total with a walk and six strikeouts. One of the big additions to the White Sox over the winter, Samardzija hasn't had good results to date, owning a 4.80 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP and a 35/8 K/BB ratio over 45 innings. He'll make a start in Oakland against the Athletics in his next outing.
May 11 - 10:59 PM

Jeff Samardzija has dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension and will begin serving it Wednesday.

Samardzija was handed the five-game sentence for his role in Chicago's April 23 brawl with Kansas City. He should return to the White Sox rotation May 11 in Milwaukee.
May 6 - 4:18 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Geovany Soto
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Carlos Sanchez
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Conor Gillaspie
2Gordon Beckham
LF1Melky Cabrera
2J.B. Shuck
CF1Adam Eaton
RF1Avisail Garcia
DH1Adam LaRoche
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jeff Samardzija
3Jose Quintana
4John Danks
5Carlos Rodon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Zach Putnam
3Jake Petricka
4Zach Duke
5Dan Jennings
6Daniel Webb
7Scott Carroll
8Matt Albers
9Nate Jones