5/22 Samardzija follow up
Jeff Samardzija threw seven scoreless innings Wednesday against the Yankees only to record a no-decision after a blown save in the ninth. He is 0-4 with six no decisions this year, and leads the Major Leagues with a 1.46 ERA.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Samardzija’s 1.46 ERA is the lowest without a win through the first 10 starts of a season by any pitcher in Major League history.
Additionally, Elias reports that Samardzija is the first pitcher to lead his league in ERA on May 22 or later without a win since Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter paced the National League with a 0.89 ERA on June 7, 1977.
Samardzija has a 2.99 ERA (35 ER/105 1/3 IP) during his 16-start winless streak, during which he is 0-6 with 10 no decisions. In this stretch, he has allowed zero earned runs in four starts, one earned run or less in seven starts, and two earned runs or less in 10 starts. He also has 11 quality starts. The Cubs are 2-14 in the outings.
Samardzija’s last win came in the ballpark at which the Cubs play this weekend, a 3-2 win against San Diego on Aug. 24, 2013. His next start is scheduled for Monday in San Francisco.