Samardzija (8-12) notched his eighth win of the season Thursday against the Phillies, holding the visitors to four earned runs over 6.0 innings while notching six strikeouts. It wasn't an overly impressive outing from Samardzija as he was touched up for a pair of home runs, but the Giants' bats bailed him out and scratched five runs across a tough Aaron Nola. Samardzija has been reliably average for the bulk of the season, going six-or-more innings in 21 of his 25 starts but also allowing three-or-more runs in 18 of those outings. Samardzija's best characteristic this year has been his ability to limit walks, as evidenced by his 1.3 BB/9 rate and 6.96 K:BB ratio entering Thursday. He's lined up to face the Brewers' Jimmy Nelson in Milwaukee on Tuesday for his next start.
Samardzija (7-12) allowed three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out six over six innings to take the loss Saturday against the Nationals. Samardzija gave up a pair of runs in the first inning before settling down, but the Giants only scored one run on the night, and the righty suffered his 12th defeat of the campaign. He's allowed at least three earned runs in six of his last seven starts, and he's become a low-upside fantasy option while pitching for a team long out of it. He'll make his next start Sunday against the Phillies.
Samardzija will start Saturday against the Nationals, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Chris Stratton will move back to start one game of Sunday's doubleheader following Friday's postponement, while Samardzija stays on schedule. Samardzija's inconsistency throughout the season has been frustrating for fantasy owners, but his FIP is more than a run lower than his ERA, which lends hope to a strong finish.
Samardzija (7-11) topped the Diamondbacks with 6.1 innings of three-run ball Sunday, allowing five hits while walking three and striking out three. You'd guess Samardzija was traded to a contender by his recent record, as he's 3-0 in his past three starts despite still pitching for a subpar San Fransisco team. Samardzija's three walks were the most he's issued since April 23 while his three strikeouts tied a season low. Still, his 154:22 K:BB for the season suggests control isn't an issue whatsoever. Getting his fourth consecutive victory will be difficult Sunday in Washington.
Samardzija (6-11) tossed eight innings in Tuesday's 10-4 win over Oakland, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. This wasn't necessarily the most impressive outing, but it was still a solid one, and it marks the third time this year that Samardzija has lasted eight innings -- though the last time was way back on May 20. Samardzija certainly benefited from his club's five-run first inning and continued scoring thereafter, making this a low-stress outing. He's had an uneven season, but these last two starts (four earned runs in 15 innings with a 13:4 K:BB) are promising, especially considering that the veteran righty's peripherals point to positive regression from his still-inflated 4.77 ERA. However, he's got a tough matchup against Arizona slated for Sunday.