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Jeff Samardzija (SP)

San Francisco Giants

Bats: R, Throws: R

The Giants shifted their focus to Jeff Samardzija after losing out on the Zack Greinke sweepstakes. Samardzija is reportedly signing a 5-year, $90M deal. (Source: Tim Brown on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija had a surprisingly down year, leading the American League in runs allowed, hits allowed and home runs allowed. His K% (17.9%) and SwStr% (9.8%) dipped in 2015 as well. Despite all of that, I expect Samardzija to bounce back and have a solid season pitching in San Francisco where it is a fan friendly, pitching environment. You should be able to get an SP4 discount with much more upside in 2016.


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Jeff Samardzija continued his miserable season on Tuesday night. Samardzija was touched up for ten earned runs over 3.0 innings, as the White Sox fell to the Athletics 17-6.

Fantasy Impact: Jeff Samardzija has now given up a 111 earned runs in 2015, the most in the majors. Samardzija's strike out rate has dipped, while his walk rate and fly ball rate has risen. The numbers are scary for a pitcher headed towards free agency. Samardzija bet on himself headed into free agency but has rolled snake eyes. Samardzija backers can only hope 2015, was just a blip on the radar.


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Jeff Samardzija has had an up and down season this year. His struggles continued on Wednesday as he let up four earned runs in 6.1 innings; two of them were HR. He did strikeout five in his effort, but the White Sox lost 4-6 to the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Jeff Samardzija has not had the season the White Sox were expecting. He is a solid strikeout pitcher, but he allows too many runs. He has a current ERA of 4.89, which is too high for a No. 2 pitcher. I think the White Sox' expectations of Samardzija were too high. He should not be looked at as anything better than a No. 3 starter. Play Samardzija when the matchups are in his favor. Otherwise, it might be wise to look elsewhere at this point in the fantasy season.


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Samardzija went six and one third innings giving up four runs. He allowed five hits with four walks while striking out four. The win was his ninth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He has a ton of talent but his losing record and 4.87 ERA are signs that he has not lived up to it so far this season. He is a good buy low candidate in long-term leagues.


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Jeff Samardzija gave up 5 runs and 8 hits over 5.2 innings, as the White Sox fell to the Red Sox 5-4.

Fantasy Impact: Jeff Samardzija's miserable season continued on Monday night. Samardzija has really struggled this season, as his K rate has fell, while his ERA has ballooned to 4.75. Headed into free agency at seasons end, his struggles couldn't have come at a worse time. At this point, Samardzija can not be trusted in any format.


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Jeff Samardzija had a great start on Wednesday, but had no run support. He went seven strong innings; allowing one run and striking out seven. He let up a HR, which did him in as the White Sox lost 0-1 to the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija is an average pitcher this year. He makes for a great tournament option though in DFS because of his strikeout potential. Samardzija has an ERA of 4.64 this year; showing how inconsistent he has been. Look to play Samardzija when he faces off against the weaker offenses who have more strikeout potential.


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Samardzija could be on the move

Mon, Jul 20th 12:36pm EDT
By Joe Favia

Jeff Samardzija trade rumors will heat up as the deadline approaches. The disappointing series against Kansas City after the All-Star break will only fan the trade rumor flames. Samardzija has been much better in June and July after a rough start.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija was a deadline acquisition last season so this wouldn't be new for the veteran. He is 6-5 this season with much inconsistency. It is possible the White Sox could hold on to him, however, with little to no hope of a playoff push, a trade seems rather imminent.


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Jeff Samardzija threw his best game at a White Sox Thursday in a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays. Samardzija went the distance, surrendering no runs, and striking out five. It was only his second win since the beginning of June.

Fantasy Impact: The veteran right hander has looked better of late, but this outing was a very good sign for the White Sox. The likelyhood of the team to climb back into the playoff scene are slim to none, but another couple good starts for Samardzija, and the White Sox could get a decent return in a deadline deal.


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The Toronto Blue Jays have White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija on their list, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. (Source: Jon Heyman)

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija has had a disappointing 2015 campaign, as have the White Sox in general. Over 108.2 innings the right-hander has maintained a 4.56 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He's been better of late, lasting at least seven innings and posting 25 strikeouts over his last four outings.


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Manager Robin Ventura should have pulled Jeff Samardzija once his command started to go at the top of the eighth inning. Instead he let Samardzija ride it out, and it may have cost the White Sox the win. With a 4-0 lead, Samardzija had only allowed two singles. However, in the eighth inning he let up two singles, walked a batter, and then hit a batter before letting up a double that drove in the tying run. All together, Samardzija allowed four runs on five hits in 7.1 innings. He struck out four batters while walking three.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija has limited fantasy value. He has been too inconsistent to warrant much value in anything other than deeper leagues. Some of this loss goes on Robin Ventura, but this has been Samardzija's M.O. all season. Play the matchups very carefully when relying on Samardzija in any format.


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Jeff Samardzija went seven innings giving up two runs. He allowed 10 base runners (eight hits, a walk, and a HBP) while striking out seven.

Fantasy Impact: This was Samardzija's third straight solid outing. He is working his way back from some rough starts earlier in the season. He is a solid starter that should be owned in all medium or deeper leagues.


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Samardzija went seven innings allowing two runs. He gave up 10 base runners (all hits) while striking out seven. The White Sox only scored two runs so Samardzija ended up with a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: This was a strong effort for Samardzija, although the hits are not a great sign. He is not a shallow league type player given his erratic stat lines but his strikeouts and the half of the starts that are productive make him useful in medium leagues.


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Jeff Samardzija pitched a quality start on Saturday; something he has not done in awhile. Samardzija let up three runs in seven innings. He pitched seven strikeouts and only one walk.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija has been very inconsistent this season. He has had a few good starts, and some awful ones too. With a 4-4 record and an ERA of 4.84, Samardzija has been a disappointment for the White Sox and fantasy owners. He has value in deeper leagues, and a little value in daily tournament play as a high-risk, high-reward option when the matchup is right. However, stacking against him in daily leagues is most likely your best option.


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Jeff Samardzija has not looked good this season. On Sunday the White Sox took an early 4-1 lead, but Samardzija quickly let that lead disappear. In 7.1 innings, Samardzija allowed six runs on 10 hits. He threw only five strikeouts and allowed a walk. Samardzija is now 4-4 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Stay away from Jeff Samardzija, he has not had a very good season. He now has a 4.93 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. When you see Samardzija is pitching, stack against him in daily leagues. Play anyone on your standard roster too. Until Samardzija proves he can turn things around, keep playing against him.


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Jeff Samardzija had a horrible day at the office on Tuesday. The White Sox lost to the Rangers 2-15. Samardzija pitched 5.0 innings and let up nine earned runs on 12 hits. He finished with only four strikeouts and threw one walk. He also let up two HR.

Fantasy Impact: Jeff Samardzija has not lived up to expectations this year. He has had some solid outings, but for the most part he has been a disappointment. Samardzija is now 4-3 on the season with a 4.68 ERA. Samardzija has a decent K/9 ratio, averaging over seven strikeouts per game. However, batters have an OPS of .747 against him and he is allowing one HR and 10 hits per nine innings. Samardizja can have some gems, but is too inconsistent to be trusted. I would stay away from him in daily leagues and see if you can find a more consistent option in standard formats.


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Jeff Samardzija was brilliant on Wednesday afternoon. Unfortunately, the White Sox bullpen could not hold the lead for Samardzija to secure his fifth win. He held the high octane offense of the Blue Jays in check. Over seven innings, the Blue Jays were only able to push across one run, which was unearned. Samardzija also struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: Jeff Samardzija turned in his third quality start in a row. He seems to have put his early season struggles behind him. Continue to start Samardzija with confidence.


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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.