3/5 Opening Day starter? Samardzija not saying

Jeff Samardzija is preparing for Opening Day but wasn’t about to name himself as the Cubs’ starter on March 31 against the Pirates. The right-hander tuned up for the season with his second spring outing Wednesday, giving up three runs on four hits over three innings against the Rockies. He has yet to throw his split, focusing instead on fastball command and his sinker.

“I want to come out and establish my other pitches and work on pounding the zone,” Samardzija said. “A couple hits fell and got through but other than that first triple [by the Charlie Blackmon], no damage, and that’s what you’re looking for is keeping the slugging down and keeping the walks down.”

Samardzija doesn’t have to worry this spring about making the Cubs’ rotation, just making sure the team gets off to a good start.

“When you’re younger, you don’t realize the pressure or severity of the situation, I guess you could say,” he said. “You’re out there young and dumb and just winging the ball around. I’m going into the season with the mindset of being ready for Opening Day and really working towards that and seeing what I need to do to prepare for that so we can hit the season running.”

Manager Rick Renteria has not named his Opening Day starter. Does that mean Samardzija, who had the honor last year, is the guy?

“I don’t know,” Samardzija said. “[Opening Day is] what we’re preparing for.”

– Carrie Muskat

3 Comments

Samardzija had a another typical 2013 Samardzija outing today…………..and Rusin is not looking good either……BJax striking out two of his three at bats……okay…..plenty more games left in Spring Training,,,,,,…at least Baez have Cubs fans will have something to look forward to in June…………as for Shark, lets hope he can turn it around Theo can get quality back in return.

Aloha CubsTalk- Yes, I sure hope Samardzija gets things together because not only does it support the Cubs but him too, in where he goes (after the Cubs that is…) The better he plays the first half, the more suitors will come knocking, hopefully he gets on with a contending team and we benefit with good prospects. Well, it is still early in the “game,” we will have to wait and see. Mahalo!

Cubs left 26 LOB in todays game……..don’t worry…plenty more games to go to figure out who heads North………who gets released……who heads to Iowa or Tennessee…..and who gets a chance to play in Japan.

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