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Jeff Samardzija

32-Year-Old Pitcher – San Francisco Giants

2017 Stats

W-L

9-15

ERA

4.42

WHIP

1.14

K

205

SV

0

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The ERA doesn't paint a pretty picture, but Samardzija was much better in 2017 than that number would indicate. He struck out nearly a batter per inning while shaving his walk rate to just 1.4 BB/9, f...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 5"   WT: 225   DOB: 1/1/1985   BORN: Merrillville, IN   COLLEGE: Notre Dame   DRAFTED: 5th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Jeff Samardzija Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the Giants in December of 2015.

September 28, 2017  –  Jeff Samardzija News

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Samardzija allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out four batters in six innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. He didn't factor into the decision.

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Jeff Samardzija Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2006 21 A A 2 2 0 11.0 6 4 1 4 6 0 1 0 3.27 1.09
2007 22 A DAY 24 20 0 107.3 142 59 8 45 35 3 8 0 4.95 1.65
2007 22 AA TEN 6 6 0 34.3 33 13 8 20 9 3 3 0 3.41 1.22
2008 23 AA TEN 16 15 0 76.0 71 41 6 44 42 3 5 0 4.86 1.49
2008 23 AAA IOW 6 6 0 37.3 32 13 5 40 16 4 1 0 3.13 1.29
2008 23 MAJ CHN 26 0 0 27.7 24 7 0 25 15 1 0 1 2.28 1.41
2009 24 AAA IOW 18 17 0 89.0 98 43 12 71 27 6 6 0 4.35 1.40
2009 24 MAJ CHN 20 2 0 34.7 46 29 7 21 15 1 3 0 7.53 1.76
2010 25 AAA IOW 35 14 0 111.1 86 54 9 102 67 11 3 0 0 0 4.37 1.38
2010 25 MAJ CHC 7 3 0 19.3 21 18 4 9 20 2 2 0 0 0 8.38 2.12
2011 26 MAJ CHC 75 0 0 88.0 64 29 5 87 50 8 4 0 2 13 2.97 1.30
2012 27 MAJ CHC 28 28 0 174.7 157 74 20 180 56 9 13 0 0 0 3.81 1.22
2013 28 MAJ CHC 33 33 1 213.7 210 103 25 214 78 8 13 0 0 0 4.34 1.35
2014 29 MAJ OAK 16 16 0 111.7 92 39 13 99 12 5 6 0 0 0 3.14 0.93
2014 29 MAJ CHC 17 17 0 108.0 99 34 7 103 31 2 7 0 0 0 2.83 1.20
2014  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ OAK/CHC 33 33 0 219.7 191 73 20 202 43 7 13 0 0 0 2.99 1.07
2015 30 MAJ CWS 32 32 2 214.0 228 118 29 163 49 11 13 0 0 0 4.96 1.29
2016 31 MAJ SF 32 32 0 203.3 190 86 24 167 54 12 11 0 0 0 3.81 1.20
2017 32 MAJ SF 32 32 1 207.7 204 102 30 205 32 9 15 0 0 0 4.42 1.14
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3-Year Averages     32 32 1 208.3 207 102 27 178 45 10 13 0 0 0 4.41 1.21
Career  (View All)     318 195 4 1,402.7 1,335 639 164 1,273 412 68 87 1 4.10 1.25

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Jeff Samardzija Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 27 @Ari 6.0 3 1 1 1 1 4 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 4.42 1.14
Sep. 22 @LAD 4.3 5 4 4 1 2 4 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.51 1.15
Sep. 15 Ari 8.0 6 3 3 0 0 7 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.42 1.14
Sep. 9 @CWS 5.7 8 6 6 4 1 6 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.47 1.16
Sep. 2 StL 7.0 2 1 1 0 2 9 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 4.31 1.14
Aug. 28 @SD 9.0 3 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 W 0 0 0 4.43 1.17
Aug. 22 Mil 6.0 6 2 1 0 2 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.67 1.21
Aug. 17 Phi 6.0 8 4 4 2 1 6 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.79 1.21
Aug. 12 @Was 6.0 9 3 3 0 1 6 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.74 1.19
Aug. 6 Ari 6.3 5 3 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.75 1.18
Aug. 1 @Oak 8.0 6 4 3 1 2 5 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.77 1.17
Jul. 26 Pit 7.0 4 1 1 0 2 8 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.85 1.18
Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched:  Avg. 6.1 IP/G
18.3 14 8 8 2 3 15 1 1 0 0-2 0 0 0 3.93 0.93
Last 30 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched:  Avg. 6.7 IP/G
40.0 27 15 15 6 6 35 1 2 1 1-3 0 0 0 3.38 0.83
Last 60 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched:  Avg. 6.6 IP/G
79.3 65 32 30 9 17 67 1 2 1 5-4 0 0 0 3.40 1.03

Jeff Samardzija Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20174541152210721919.252
2016415792810426512.272
2015465802911821821.278

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201739390109719311.258
201641488268611312.225
201544583201101918.268

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201795.3560891883.971.16
201689.3560802673.531.28
2015104.75808825175.331.37

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2017112.349011614224.811.11
2016114.07508728174.031.14
2015109.36507524124.611.23
Jeff Samardzija vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Jeff Samardzija Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2006 21 A A 2 2 11.0 3.27 4.91 0.67 0.82 72.7% 3.27 5.29 .156
2007 22 A DAY 24 20 107.3 3.77 2.93 1.29 0.67 69.8% 4.95 4.34 .342
2007 22 AA TEN 6 6 34.3 5.24 2.36 2.22 2.10 85.3% 3.41 5.94 .246
2008 23 AA TEN 16 15 76.0 5.21 4.97 1.05 0.71 67.3% 4.86 4.81 .276
2008 23 AAA IOW 6 6 37.3 9.64 3.86 2.50 1.21 81.4% 3.13 4.16 .293
2008 23 MAJ CHN 26 0 27.7 8.13 4.88 1.67 0.00 1.03 82.1% 94.7 MPH 2.28 3.07 .312
2009 24 AAA IOW 18 17 89.0 7.18 2.73 2.63 1.21 72.6% 4.35 4.37 .323
2009 24 MAJ CHN 20 2 34.7 5.45 3.89 1.40 1.82 1.23 59.3% 93.8 MPH 7.53 5.95 .337
2010 25 AAA IOW 35 14 111.1 8.26 5.43 1.52 0.73 68.8% 4.37 4.28 .267
2010 25 MAJ CHC 7 3 19.3 4.19 9.31 0.45 1.86 0.64 62.2% 93.3 MPH 8.38 8.37 .272
2011 26 MAJ CHC 75 0 88.0 8.90 5.11 1.74 0.51 1.03 78% 95.1 MPH 2.97 3.84 .268
2012 27 MAJ CHC 28 28 174.7 9.27 2.89 3.21 1.03 1.27 72% 95.0 MPH 3.81 3.66 .305
2013 28 MAJ CHC 33 33 213.7 9.01 3.29 2.74 1.05 1.59 70.3% 94.5 MPH 4.34 3.93 .323
2014 29 MAJ OAK 16 16 111.7 7.98 0.97 8.25 1.05 1.60 71.4% 94.5 MPH 3.14 3.37 .268
2014 29 MAJ CHC 17 17 108.0 8.58 2.58 3.32 0.58 2.06 78% 94.5 MPH 2.83 3.16 .313
2014  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ OAK/CHC 33 33 219.7 8.28 1.76 4.70 0.82 1.81 75.2% 94.5 MPH 2.99 3.15 .291
2015 30 MAJ CWS 32 32 214.0 6.86 2.06 3.33 1.22 1.11 64.1% 94.2 MPH 4.96 4.29 .311
2016 31 MAJ SF 32 32 203.3 7.39 2.39 3.09 1.06 1.59 71.8% 94.3 MPH 3.81 3.90 .290
2017 32 MAJ SF 32 32 207.7 8.88 1.39 6.41 1.30 1.34 65% 94.3 MPH 4.42 3.65 .314
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3-Year Averages     32 32 208.3 7.69 1.94 3.96 1.17 66.7% 4.41 3.82 .305
Career     318 195 1,402.7 8.17 2.64 3.09 1.05 70% 4.10 3.82 .304

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Jeff Samardzija Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 P 214 -4 13 -4 0 105 0 0 0
2016 P 203.3 -1 18 -1 0 89 0 0 0
2017 P 207.7 4 20 4 0 95 3 0 0
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 P -1 0 0 0 -3 0 -4
2016 P 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1
2017 P 2 0 0 0 3 0 5

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2017 Stat Review for Jeff Samardzija    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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6.41 K/BB
ELITE
8.88 K/9
GOOD
1.39 BB/9
ELITE
94.3 MPH Fastball
GREAT
1.3 HR/9
WEAK
1.34 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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4.42 ERA
WEAK
1.14 WHIP
GREAT
3.65 FIP
GOOD
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.314 BABIP
HIGH
65.0% Strand Rate
LOW

2018 Projected Stats Breakdown for Jeff Samardzija

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Jeff Samardzija: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Samardzija (9-15) took the loss Friday against the Dodgers, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks over 4.1 innings while striking out four.

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Samardzija (9-14) took the loss against the Diamondbacks on Friday, giving up three runs on six hits over eight innings while striking out seven.

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Samardzija (9-13) allowed six runs on eight hits -- including four home runs -- and one walk across 5.2 innings Saturday, taking the loss against the White Sox. He struck out six.

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Samardzija held the Cardinals at bay Saturday, tossing seven innings and allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine. He didn't factor into the decision.

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Samardzija will take the mound for Saturday's afternoon game against the Cardinals, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

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Samardzija (9-12) turned in his finest outing of the season Monday, allowing just three hits while striking out five in a complete-game shutout win over the Padres.

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Samardzija cleared revocable waivers Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

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Samardzija allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks over six innings during Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. He struck out four and did not factor into the decision.

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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.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2017

Samardzija was just about what the Giants could have hoped for when they signed the starter last offseason. His 3.81 ERA, 7.39 K/9, 2.39 BB/9 and 1.06 HR/9 over 203.1 innings were serviceable marks for both real and fantasy purposes. His velocity was exactly where it was at in 2015, but the home ballpark change and vastly improved defense behind him helped reduce his ERA by more than a run. The Shark also mixed in a curveball -- a pitch he abandoned after the 2012 season -- to keep hitters from sitting on his hard stuff. The addition of Matt Moore at the trade deadline will likely push Samardzija into the fourth slot in the rotation, giving him a slightly increased win probability next season. Other than that, it would be safe to expect similar results in 2017, making him a reliable middle-of-the-rotation fantasy starter.

2016

Samardzija’s first (and only) season for his childhood club didn’t go as well as expected. The White Sox traded for Samardzija to serve as the team’s No. 2 starter behind Chris Sale, but he ended up posting his worst season since becoming a full-time starter in 2012. His strikeout rate fell below 20 percent for the first time in his starting career while leading the American League with 29 home runs allowed. When the ball did stay in the park, he pitched in front of one of the league’s poorer defenses, which did him no favors. He may have also suffered from some mechanical issues, as his slider went from his out pitch to one that was very hittable. His status as a 200-inning hoss helped him land a five-year, $90 million deal with the Giants, and the move to a spacious park in San Francisco is big for his fantasy value given the uptick in flyballs a year ago.

2015

The Shark joined the A's in July and continued a 2014 season that proved the best of his young career. Samardzija finished with a 2.99 ERA and 8.3 K/9 rate over 219.2 innings and made his first career All-Star Game. Due to an incredible lack of run support, especially during his time with the Cubs, Samardzija only ended up with seven wins on the season, but his ability to pitch deep into starts and strong peripherals (3.07 xFIP) should enable him to significantly improve that total this season. The biggest factor that led to his breakout season was a big cut in his walk rate from 3.3 BB/9 in 2013 to 1.8 BB/9 in 2014 (a mark that improved even further – to 1.0 BB/9 – with the A's). Samardzija will return to Chicago after an offseason trade to the White Sox, forming one of the best 1-2 punches in baseball alongside Chris Sale. His 46.2 percent career groundball rate bodes well for his chances of maintaining success in the hitter-friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field.

2014

Samardzija placed in the top five in the NL in both innings pitched (213.2) and strikeouts (214), so he did carry some fantasy value. However, that's where the positives end, as his ERA (4.34), WHIP (1.35), and wins (8) were all disappointing for a player who was expected to be one of the better starting pitchers in the league, especially after he appeared to break out in 2012. Usually a player with his strikeout rate isn't quite so hittable, and his .314 BABIP likely contributed to his results, but it also doesn't help a pitcher's fantasy value to be throwing for the woeful Cubs. He'll probably be atop the rotation again, but it could be another long season.

2013

The hard-throwing righty finally harnessed his top-shelf stuff in 2012, and the result was a breakout. A 180:56 K:BB ratio in 174.1 innings is borderline elite, but the low innings total, average strand and BABIP rates and poor offensive support kept him in the second or third tier among pitchers. His 95 mph fastball and improving command could portend another step forward, but even if he simply locks in last year's gains, Samardzija will be plenty valuable, especially if the Cubs' lineup can generate more steady run support for him.

2012

Samardzija came into 2011 as a wild thrower with a big arm, but made significant progress as the season wore on, with a 35:16 K:BB ratio in 36.1 second-half innings. Samardzija averaged 95 mph with his fastball last year and actually sat in the 96-98 range for most of the second half to go along with an improved slider. He's expressed interest in competing for a rotation slot this spring, but could easily land in a setup role, or even become the team's closer should Carlos Marmol be dealt or fail to right the ship.

2011

Samardzija has a great arm, but simply lacks anything close to the command necessary for success at the major league level. In fact, he hasn't even pitched particularly well at Triple-A the last two years. He'll vie for a spot at the back end of the rotation with a cast of dozens, and failing that, could wind up in the bullpen in a low-leverage role. But it's more likely he begins the year at Triple-A.

2010

The Cubs love Samardzija's arm - he's touched 99 mph on the radar gun - but so far he's looked nowhere near ready, allowing too many home runs both at Triple-A and the majors last year. Samardzija will compete with Sean Marshall, Tom Gorzelanny and Jay Jackson for the fifth starter job, but we'd be surprised if he were to prevail unless he vastly improves command of his secondary pitches.

2009

Samardzija was impressive for the first month after his late-July callup, making hitters miss with his blistering fastball (clocked as high as 99 mph) and occasional slider and changeup. But he struggled with his command down the stretch, and while his ERA was spared by some unearned runs, his 1.41 WHIP tells the tale. Samardzija is slated for a middle-relief role at press time, but there's some chance he returns to Triple-A to work on commanding his secondary pitches. If he does, the sky's the limit.

2008

The former Notre Dame wide receiver, Samardzija's a hard thrower who Cubs' GM Jim Hendry is so high on, he declared him untouchable in trade talks along with last year's top pick Tyler Colvin, top prospect Felix Pie and pitching prospect Sean Gallagher. In truth, none of the four are can't-miss players, and Samardzija is probably the furthest from making a contribution to the big-league club. Samardzija struggled with his command at High-A last year, before being promoted to Double-A where he fared decently in a 34-inning sample. Expect him to start the season at Double-A in 2008 and don't be surprised if there are some growing pains at that level.