Samardzija fell to 10-9, although he allowed just two runs with seven strikeouts and just one walk across seven innings Sunday versus the Mets. Samardzija's only mistake came on a two-run Yoennis Cespedes home run in the seventh inning, but that was enough to doom him to a defeat as Noah Syndergaard threw a gem of his own on the other side. He has now posted a neat 2.41 ERA in his last three starts since a four-start stretch in which he struggled during late July and early August, and the seven punchouts were his most since May 24. Samardzija will have the opportunity to continue his recent success Friday versus the hapless Braves.
Samardzija allowed three runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts in a no-decision Tuesday against the Pirates. Samardzija induced 11 groundouts and 10 swinging strikes but was touched up for three extra-base hits, including an Andrew McCutchen triple. This marked Samardzija's first quality start since July 8 against Arizona. He hasn't struck out more than six batters since May 24 against San Diego either, making him a mediocre fantasy pitcher across the board. He'll make his next start Sunday against the Mets.
Samardzija (9-8) gave up five earned runs on six hits and two walks in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Nationals. The veteran righty dropped his third straight decision, and gave up five runs for the third time in the last four starts. After starting off the season 7-2, Samardzija has gone 2-6 and has seen his ERA rise almost two full runs to 4.40. However, the lack of run support certainly didn't help Friday, and the Giants have notably scored only four combined runs over his last three defeats. He'll try to turn things around when he taks on the Marlins next Wednesday.
Samardzija (9-7) surrendered four runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out two in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Nationals. Samardzija actually looked to be on his way to a quality start for the first time since the All-Star break after shutting out the Nationals for the first three innings. However, Washington would catch up to him the second and third times through the lineup, saddling Samardzija with another loss. While his fantasy owners know that he has been struggling of late, pointing out his 6.29 ERA and uncharacteristically low 5.3 K/9 over his last 11 starts may help owners decide what they want to with the Shark going forward. Looking on the positive side of things, he gets a great matchup against the Phillies on Thursday.
Samardzija (9-6) surrendered five runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings Sunday. He walked one and struck out three in a loss to the Yankees. Samardzija's start was pushed back one day so that the Giants could reconfigure their rotation. The extra rest did not help him as the Yankees knocked him out of the contest in the sixth inning. After getting off to a strong start with his new club, Samardzija has sputtered in the months of June and July, seeing his ERA rise to 4.22 in the process. The long ball has been his downfall, surrendering 14 homers over his last nine starts. Those in mixed leagues should consider benching Samardzija in his next start against the Nationals on Friday and possibly until he turns in a quality start.