Despite having recently been named the Opening Day starter by Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum, Jeff Samardzija’s numbers in his three starts so far in the preseason leave a lot to be desired. In 4 and 2/3rds innings in the game against the Diamondbacks, Samardzija allowed four runs, including two home runs, and walked two. This brings his total ERA on the preseason after three starts to 5.59. In the regular season, this would roughly translate to “moving to the bullpen.” Luckily for Jeff Samardzija, these are just exhibition games. The only bright spot for Samardzija on the day was a solo home run.
Last year, Jeff Samardzija wast the best pitcher on the team, but the Chicago Cubs were also among the worst pitching teams in the league. On an above average pitching squad, Samardzija would probably be a team’s fourth starter, but with the Chicago Cubs and their perennial mediocrity, he has a chance to be the team’s ace. Hopefully, as the spring goes on and he gets more innings pitched, Jeff Samardzija will work out any of his kinks and be ready to pitch well when the season actually starts.
Although the only people who actually think the Chicago Cubs will compete this season in the MLB are employed by the team, it would be seen as a disappointment if Jeff Samardzija couldn’t improve a bit upon last year. Chicago Cubs fans will start to feel better about the future if our supposed number one pitcher can drop that ERA of his to the low 3′s and make the win count higher than the losses.