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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 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

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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

Jeff Samardzija fanned 11 while allowing two runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Rockies.

Thanks to three straight fine outings at the finish, Samardzija's inconsistent regular season concludes with a 12-11 record and a 3.81 ERA. It figured that he'd strikeout out more than 7.4 batters per nine innings in his return to the NL, but he was an above average starter, if not as much above average as the Giants were hoping for.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 02:09:00 AM

Jeff Samardzija pitched immaculately in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Padres, tossing seven innings of four-hit, shutout ball.

Samardzija struck out nine and did not walk a batter in what was one of his best starts of the season. He finished the outing having thrown 105 pitches (71 strikes). It hasn't always been a smooth ride with the 31-year-old right-hander, but his numbers are going to finish out respectably enough. For the 2016 campaign, he holds a 3.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 156/53 K/BB ratio over 197 1/3 innings. Samardzija will take on the Rockies in San Francisco next time out, likely his final start of the regular season.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 01:20:00 AM

Jeff Samardzija held the Cardinals to one run in 6 2/3 innings but had to settle for a no-decision as the Giants' bullpen blew the save and the game in the ninth inning on Saturday.

Brandon Moss hit a solo home run in the first inning for the only dent in the scoreboard he would give up. He walked four batters and allowed five hits while striking out four on the night. Samardzija hasn't been bad but he hasn't lived up to the big contract he got in the offseason. His record holds at 11-10 with a 3.97 ERA in 190 1/3 innings over 30 starts.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 12:32:00 AM

Jeff Samardzija took a loss to the Padres after giving up four runs in six innings Monday.

Samardzija started off with three hitless innings before Angel Pagan turned a single into a triple to begin the fourth. After that came a bunch of legitimate singles over the next three innings, until Hector Sanchez punctuated things with a two-run homer in the sixth. Samardzija wasn't really as bad as the line suggests, but he hasn't been that good at any point.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 01:22:00 AM

Jeff Samardzija struck out nine while allowing two runs over seven innings Tuesday against the Rockies.

Samardzija surrendered just four hits and one walk in his seven innings of work, but it wasn't enough to get him his 12th win of the season. Still, the nine strikeouts matched a season high for the 31-year-old, who now has a 4.00 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 28 starts. Perhaps Samardzija will find a better result when he takes on the Padres on Monday.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:16:00 AM

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