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Jeff Samardzija | Starting Pitcher | #29

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 5 (0) / CHC
Contract: view contract details
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Jeff Samardzija pitched seven innings and allowed three runs -- two earned -- in a no-decision versus the Padres on Friday.
Samardzija remained winless, but this rates as his best outing to date. While he's sporting a 6.32 ERA after five starts, his 35/10 K/BB ratio suggests that better days are on the way. Apr 29 - 2:54 AM

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Jeff Samardzija struggled in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, yielding seven runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Samardzija had allowed three runs through the first five innings and looked to be in decent shape heading into the sixth, at which point everything collapsed for the veteran right-hander. Gerardo Parra and Trevor Story both picked up RBI hits to drive Samardzija from the game, with Story later coming home against the bullpen to finish off the scoring on his line. This makes three dismal starts in a row for Samardzija, who has surrendered 16 runs in his last 17 1/3 innings. He will carry a 7.40 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into a home start against the Padres next time he toes the rubber. Until he shows some sign of righting his season, it will be tough to rely on him for fantasy purposes.
Apr 23 - 5:58 PM

Jeff Samardzija struggled early in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, yielding four runs on eight hits over seven innings.

Samardzija's afternoon started off poorly enough, as Charlie Blackmon greeted him with a first inning lead-off home run. Nolan Arenado would compound his misery later in the frame via a two-run double. The Rockies would tack on one more in the second inning before Samardzija finally settled in. He would not allow a run through his final four innings of work and finished up with a sturdy eight strikeouts. The veteran right-hander has now surrendered 13 runs in 19 innings over his first three starts. A potentially troublesome road date with these same Rockies shows next on his schedule.
Apr 16 - 6:54 PM

Even though he struck out nine, Jeff Samardzija was pounded for six runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss Thursday.

Just five of the 25 hitters that Samardzija faced tonight were retired on balls in play. To go along with those nine strikeouts, he gave up eight hits, including three homers, and also issued three walks. He was doing just fine until the sixth, which started with a walk, a single and a three-run homer. Manager Bruce Bochy left him in anyway, and after getting a lineout to right, he gave up another walk and a single before he was finally pulled. He still threw just 90 pitches, but a quicker hook might have kept the Giants in the game.
Apr 7 - 1:51 AM

Jeff Samardzija held the Athletics off the board for five innings on Friday, holding them to just one base hit and one walk in a 2-1 victory.

He struck out six batters as he made his second stellar start in a row. It was a very nice ending to what has been a poor spring overall for Samardzija. He carries a 6.20 ERA through 20 1/3 innings. After a bad 2015 season with the White Sox, he returned to fantasy relevance last year as a Giant by registering 12 wins and a 3.81 ERA in 32 starts.
Apr 1 - 1:50 AM

Jeff Samardzija gave up two hits over four scoreless innings against the Rockies on Friday.

It was a big improvement from his most recent outings. Samardzjia was efficient, throwing 31 out of 47 pitches for strikes while striking out three and walking none. He got some extra work in the bullpen after leaving the game. The 32-year-old compiled a 3.81 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 32 starts during his first season with the Giants and should continue to be a useful fantasy starter in that environment.
Mar 24 - 7:32 PM

Jeff Samardzija was hammered for six earned runs over just four innings Sunday in a rough Cactus League start against the Braves.

Milwaukee tagged him for nine hits, including two home runs. Samardzija now holds an 11.12 ERA in 11 1/3 innings (four starts) this spring, though it's probably not worth freaking out over given the small sample size and the nature of Cactus League competition. He'll look for better results in his next appearance, which should run five or six innings.
Mar 19 - 6:00 PM

Jeff Samardzija was lit up for seven runs -- five earned -- over 3 2/3 innings against the Rangers on Monday.

Samardzija at least managed to strike out four batters, but he surrendered a whopping eight hits while also walking two. The right-hander hasn't been sharp so far in Cactus League play with a 9.82 ERA and 16 baserunners allowed across 7 1/3 frames.
Mar 13 - 10:56 PM

Jeff Samardzija gave up four hits, one run and a walk while delivering two strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Giants’ win over Puerto Rico.

Samardzija allowed plenty of contact, but all things considered, his day could have gone a lot worse. The big right-hander loaded the bases in the first inning but used a strikeout and a double play to get out of the jam. His luck finally ran out in the fourth inning when Javier Baez scored from third base on a suicide squeeze. Samardzija entered Wednesday with a 7.30 ERA over two spring appearances. This was probably his best outing so far.
Mar 8 - 7:44 PM

Jeff Samardzija yielded one run over 2 2/3 innings Friday against the Athletics in his second start of the spring.

He struck out three. The only blemish was a solo homer to Yonder Alonso in the second inning. After signing a five-year, $90 million deal with the Giants last winter, Samardzija posted a 3.81 ERA and 167/54 K/BB ratio over 203 1/3 innings in 2016. Given the pitcher-friendly home ballpark, he remains a solid option in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 3 - 6:03 PM

Jeff Samardzija started against the Athletics and gave up two runs in one inning on Monday.

He allowed three hits, including a home run to Matt Joyce. It was just a warmup start as he has a rotation slot locked down. Samardzija delivered a solid season in his first campaign as a Giant in 2016. He had a 3.81 ERA with 12 wins in 32 starts.
Feb 27 - 10:40 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Jeff Samardzija is available out of the bullpen for Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS.

He also said that Samardzija could even pinch-run if needed. The righty pitched just two days ago in Game 2, but he threw only 47 pitches in allowing four runs over two innings. It's unlikely that "Shark" will pitch Monday unless the Giants get into a desperate extra-innings situation.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 06:36:00 PM

Jeff Samardzija yielded six hits, four runs and one walk in two innings of work Saturday in the Giants’ loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS.

He finished with one strikeout. It just wasn’t The Shark’s night. The former Cub allowed eight of the first 12 men to reach including the first four hitters he faced in the second inning. Kyle Hendricks plated two runs with a bases-loaded single while Kris Bryant added to Samardzija’s misery with another RBI single later in the frame. Saturday marked the shortest start of Samardzija’s career. The Giants’ streak of winning the World Series every two years is now in serious jeopardy. Madison Bumgarner will try to right the ship Monday when the series moves to San Francisco for Game 3.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 11:29:00 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Friday that Jeff Samardzija will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

That means that Madison Bumgarner will get the ball in Game 3 and Matt Moore will take the ball in Game 4 for the Giants. Samardzija pitched very well down the stretch, overall compiling a 3.81 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 167/54 K/BB ratio over 203 1/3 innings in his first season with the Giants.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 07:09:00 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Thursday that Jeff Samardzija would be available out of the bullpen over the weekend.

Samardzija made his final start of the regular season on Wednesday, but Bochy won't be afraid to pull out all of the stops to secure a wild card berth. Fantasy owners in leagues that utilize daily lineups may want to leave him active over the weekend.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 07:51:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Nick Hundley
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Aaron Hill
SS1Brandon Crawford
3B1Christian Arroyo
2Conor Gillaspie
LF1Eduardo Nunez
2Jarrett Parker
3Mac Williamson
CF1Denard Span
2Gorkys Hernandez
3Drew Stubbs
RF1Hunter Pence
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Matt Moore
5Matt Cain
6Ty Blach
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Hunter Strickland
3Derek Law
4Cory Gearrin
5George Kontos
6Steven Okert
7Bryan Morris
8Chris Stratton
9Will Smith