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.
Samardzija will have his start pushed from Saturday to Sunday against the Yankees, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. Johnny Cueto will take the ball Saturday. The Giants are taking advantage of an off day Thursday that will allow them to reset their rotation, with Cueto following Madison Bumgarner and Samardzija slotting into the third spot in the rotation. This doesn't really affect Samardzija or Cueto, as both will get a start this weekend, but make sure to keep Samardzija deployed Sunday in leagues with daily roster moves.
Samardzija struggled in Saturday's start versus the Padres, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks across just five innings. He struck out four and did not factor into the decision. The Padres got to Samardzija early, scoring five runs in the first three innings, and his elevated pitch count caused his early exit. He ended a miserable three-start stretch with a strong outing prior to the All-Star break, but he took another step back Saturday and saw his ERA rise back up to 4.04 for the season. That figure has risen significantly because of the 7.24 mark he has posted over his last five starts, and he will look to get back on track next Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Samardzija beat Arizona to improve to 9-5 on Friday, allowing just two runs with six strikeouts and three walks across 6.1 strong innings. Samardzija had been pummeled for 16 runs in 16.1 innings over his last three starts, but he was able to quiet the Diamondbacks' bats just a few days after yielding four runs to them on eight hits. Samardzija's ERA sits a 3.91 after ending his rough stretch, and he was able to reach six strikeouts for the first time in eight starts. He has been inconsistent throughout the first half of the season and will look to correct that in the second half.
Samardzija took a no-decision after tossing 7.1 innings of four-run ball Saturday. He struck out five and walked none in the 6-5 loss to Arizona. While surrendering four earned runs is never anything to celebrate, it was actually a positive step for Samardzija, who had surrendered six runs in each of his last two starts. He also did not surrender a walk or a home run, both of which have been issues during the month of June. He will look to improve on this performance when the Giants return home to take on these same Diamondbacks on Friday.