Samardzija will be the Giants' No. 2 starter this year, following Johnny Cueto in the rotation, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports. He had a 2.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 6:4 K:BB in 8.2 innings this spring. Samardzija's top trait for fantasy is his ability to push for 200 innings (in a normal year), but that strength would be minimized in a shortened season.
Samardzija did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's win after holding the Rockies scoreless with five strikeouts across six innings. He allowed five hits and a walk. The right-hander turned in a quality start while shutting out the Rockies at home. In 12 of his 15 starts most recent outings, Samardzija held his opponents to three earned runs or fewer to finish off what turned out to be a solid season for the veteran. Across 32 appearances, Samardzija posted an 11-12 record, 3.52 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.
Samardzija (11-12) allowed one earned run on two hits and four walks while striking out two across six innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Red Sox. Samardzija worked around some issues with his control by limiting the Red Sox to just two hits, one of which was a solo home run by Rafael Devers. He also wasn't particularly deceptive, generating only three swinging strikes. Nevertheless, Samardzija got back on track after having allowed 13 earned runs in 17.2 innings across his last three starts prior to Wednesday's outing. For the season, he still owns a strong 3.64 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 135 strikeouts across 175.1 innings. He projects to draw his next start at home against Colorado on Wednesday.
Samardzija is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. The veteran right-hander could have started Tuesday on the normal four days rest, but Logan Webb will receive another turn through the starting rotation for the Giants. Samardzija has labored some over his last three starts with a 6.62 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 7:2 K:BB over 17.2 innings.
Samardzija (10-12) took the loss after yielding four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two over 6.1 innings Thursday against Pittsburgh. The 34-year-old didn't get much run support in the loss, and he would leave the contest with one out in the seventh inning with his team facing a two-run deficit. He fired 59 of 95 pitches for strikes in the loss. Despite a shaky outing, Samardzija has allowed three runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 starts, dropping his ERA to 3.72 over 169.1 innings on the year.
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