Samardzija (9-10) allowed one run on two hits and one walk with four strikeouts across seven innings during a loss against the Cubs on Thursday. This is the second time in the last three outings that Samardzija gave up just two hits, but he was on the losing end this time, as Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs pitched a shutout. Samardzija has dropped his ERA more than half a run over the last month, but he fell below .500 with the loss Thursday. He is 9-10 with a 3.44 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 123 strikeouts in 146.2 innings this season. Samardzija will pitch next at home against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Samardzija did not factor into the decision during Friday's win over the Diamondbacks, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 5.2 innings. Samardzija gave up a leadoff home run to Ketel Marte in the first inning, then held the Diamondbacks scoreless until his final frame. After allowing a double and a walk, Samardzija was yanked with two outs in the sixth, only for the bullpen to walk in one of the runners still on his ledger. Even still, the right-hander was in line for the win until the Diamondbacks rallied in the eighth inning to even the score. Samardzija has been solid since July and will take a 3.54 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 119:38 K:BB into a Thursday road matchup against the Cubs.
Samardzija (9-9) gave up one run on two hits over eight innings to earn the win Saturday against the Phillies. He struck out five and walked none. Samardzija served up a 434-foot homer to Corey Dickerson in the first inning but didn't allow another baserunner until an eighth-inning single. The veteran right-hander has looked fantastic since the start of July with a 1.95 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 43:10 K:BB in eight starts (50.2 innings). Samardzija lines up to next take the mound at Arizona on Friday.
Samardzija (8-9) allowed one run on three hits and three walks over four innings Monday, striking out three batters and taking the loss to Washington. Samardzija needed 98 pitches just to get through four innings, with just 55 being strikes. The 34-year-old dropped his ERA a bit from 3.75 to 3.70 over 126.1 innings. After going 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA in July, fantasy owners were expecting a better start to August. Samardzija will face the Phillies at home Saturday.
Samardzija (8-8) picked up the win in Wednesday's 5-1 victory over the Phillies, allowing three hits and a walk over six scoreless innings while striking out five. The right-hander wraps up a dominant July that saw him go 4-1 over six starts with a 2.09 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 35:7 K:BB through 38.2 innings. Samardzija will look to keep rolling in his next outing Monday, at home against the Nats.