Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jeff Samardzija

"The Cubs have held internal discussions about Jeff Samardzija as a candidate for the starting rotation, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times writes. The Cubs have less rotation depth than they did earlier this year, as Wittenmyer explains. The right-hander has started five MLB games, but all 69 of his 2011 appearances have been in relief."

according to mlbtradrumors.com.

I called it first. I hope this is real, Samarzija lost some velocity for a while and suffered. Those two events may not be related, but probably are. Samardzija has a very hard fastball right now, hitting 98 at times. He is one of the hardest fastballers in the game. Additionally he's throwing a cutter, slider, and change. He may be throwing some 2 seam fastballs also.

He can get plenty of strikeouts. His only issue right now is the walks. He's walking over 5/9 innings which is very high, but has been improving month to month since April, and has been under 4/9 IP since June.

He's fine against righties but walking 18.8% of lefties. Most good hitters in this division will be right handed, especially with Fielder likely being traded.

Instead of his L/R splits I'd rather focus on the month to month splits, which have been looking pretty good lately. I think this has the potential to pay off huge for the Cubs.

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