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Jeff Samardzija (SP)

Chicago White Sox - 94% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R
Jeff Samardzija twirls a gem

Sat, May 23rd 9:15am EDT
By Nicholas Ortiz

After a rough first inning, in which Samardzija gave up two earned runs, he shut down the Twins the rest of the way and recorded his fourth victory. Samardzija went eight innings, scattering three hits and striking out nine in the White Sox 3-2 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija is starting to show why the White Sox dealt for him in the off season. His high K/9 rate, coupled with his ability to pitch deep in games equates to fantasy gold. Stick with Samardzija as a high end SP #2.


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Jeff Samardzija threw a 120 pitches over eight innings, limiting the Athletics to three runs. He struck out five and propelled the White Sox to a 7-3 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Jeff Samardzija has started to settle in with his new club. It should only be a matter of time before he puts it all together. Target Samardzija as a solid number two SP.


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Jeff Samardzija saw his ERA jump to 4.80, as he gave up five earned runs over six innings, in a 10-7 loss to the Brewers. The White Sox offense rallied to get Samardzija off the hook but the bullpen could not hold the lead. The lone bright spot for Samardzija was striking out six Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija continues to be inconsistent to start off the 2015 campaign. His track record would indicate a turn around is on its way. Look for a impatient owner, who might be willing to deal him for cheap.


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Jeff Samardzija after giving up two runs in the first two innings, settled in and went seven strong innings,to pick up the victory for the White Sox. Samardzija finished up with seven strike outs and two earned runs,scattered over seven frames.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija's record now stands at 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA. Samardzija has been up and down to start off 2015, but the strike outs are still coming at a high rate. Keep Samardzija in your starting rotation.


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On Wednesday, Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox lost to the Orioles by the score of 8-2. In his fifth start of the year, Samardzjia gave up seven earned runs, 10 hits, walked one batter and struck out five batters in five innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija was absolutely shelled. Making a judgement call on whether or not to start him in his next outing isn't going to be an easy one, but be prepared for the worst. All things considered though, his still only owns a 4.78 ERA and while that's nothing to brag about, it still goes to show fantasy owners how well he was pitching initially, so far this season before this painful outing. He's not a suggested start in his next outing, but if you're feeling brave, go for it.


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Jeff Samardzija got shelled for eight runs (seven earned) over five innings against the Orioles Wednesday. Six of the runs came in the bottom of the first inning.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija was probably happy that no fans were there to see this performance. It was a disaster from the beginning. He will look to rebound next week against the Tigers.


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Jeff Samardzija received a five game suspension from Major League Baseball on Saturday. Samardzija was right in the middle of the fracas between the White Sox and Royals on Thursday night. (Source: Scott Merkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In reality, five games is not too bad. If he chooses to appeal the suspension, he will likely just have his next start pushed back a day or two after the appeal is decided.


Jeff Samardzija was ejected from Thursday night's White Sox/Royals contest after benches cleared and punches were thrown at the end of the seventh inning. Chris Sale, Lorenzo Cain, Edison Volquez and Yordano Ventura were also ejected.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners will collectively hold their breath and wait to see if Major League Baseball will hand out further punishment for the fracas. Samardzija's next start is scheduled for Monday in Baltimore.


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Jeff Samardzija went six strong innings on Wednesday, allowing no runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three. The White Sox went on to win the game 6-0 over the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija didn't have his best stuff, but he battled and made pitches when he needed to get out of jams. Fantasy owners should be pleased with Samardzija's turnaround in his last two starts.


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Jeff Samardzija had a very good outing on Friday against the Tigers. He went eight strong innings, scattering eight hits and allowing just one run that came on a solo blast by Yoenis Cespedes. Samardzija added seven strike outs and didn't walk any batters. The Sox ended up losing 2-1.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners can rejoice after a very solid showing from Samardzija. He seemed to get strongier as the game went on and had his fastball up around 95-96 MPH in the late innings. Hopefully he has put his early struggles behind him.


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Jeff Samardzija got a no decision on Saturday in the White Sox 5-4 win over the Twins. He allowed four runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out six in his seven innings of work. All the Twins scoring came in the second inning.

Fantasy Impact: Take away the second inning and it was actually a very nice outing for Samardzija. He's not off to the start owners had hoped for but he will look to turn it around in his next start. He will have to avoid the big inning in his next start against a good offensive Tigers team.


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Samardzija allowed five earned runs on six hits and three walks over his six plus innings of work. He also hit two batters and threw just 56 of his 92 pitches for strikes. He added just one strikeout to his totals.

Fantasy Impact: It was not exactly the start that fantasy owners had hoped for from Samardzija, but it's not time to panic. He was shaky with his command and he didn't have too much luck on his side either. Hopefully, he can sort out his control issues before his next start.


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Samardzija saw his spring ERA balloon to 7.79, after serving up four long balls to the Cubs over six innings en route to a 6-3 loss. Samardzija's nine strikeouts with no walks showed the stuff was there, but he just left a few over the heart of the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Don't hit the panic button just yet on Samardzija. His 8.28 K/9 rate coupled with a 4.2 WAR in 2014, puts him up as one of the better pitchers in the game. Draft him with confidence in the earlier rounds in all leagues, as a solid SP2.


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Jeff Samardzija stated his goal for this season on Tuesday, telling the Chicago Tribune he hopes to make all of his 33 starts in 2015. Samardzija has taken the ball 33 times each of the last two seasons. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Staying healthy is a valuable attribute, and fantasy owners have appreciated Samardzija taking the ball every fifth day for the past two seasons. Only James Shields, R.A Dickey, and Chris Tillman have made more starts than Samardzija since the start of 2013. Samardzija will be a valuable top of the rotation fantasy SP this year if he can duplicate last year's ratios (2.99 ERA and 1.07 WHIP) and get solid run support from the revamped White Sox offense.


The Chicago White Sox and Jeff Samardzija avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.8 million contract. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: In his final year of arbitration, Samardzija earned a well-deserved pay raise. Between the Cubs and Athletics in 2014, Samardzija finished with a 2.99 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 202/43 strikeout-to-walk ration in 219 2/3 innings pitched. Samardzija has always been good, but a little inconsistent. Serving as the number 2 starter behind Chris Sale, expect Samardzija to put up less stellar numbers than he did last year, now with the move to hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field, with an ERA in the 3.50 to 3.90 range.