Results tagged ‘ Jeff Samardzija ’

4/29 Cubs vs. Reds

Monday’s rainout was the Cubs’ first since a game was postponed May 1, 2012, also in Cincinnati.

Updated pitching matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija vs. RHP Alfredo Simon
Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson vs. LHP Tony Cingrani

* Jeff Samardzija looks to end an 11-start winless streak, dating to Aug. 30 last season. He has a 3.72 ERA in that stretch. The Cubs have averaged 2.7 runs in Samardzija’s last 11 starts. His 1.53 ERA this season ranks sixth in the NL.

4/28 Cubs lineup

Here is Monday’s Cubs lineup for the first game of their series against the Reds in Cincinnati:

Bonifacio CF
Kalish RF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Sweeney LF
Barney 2B
Samardzija P

Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-2, 1.53) vs. RHP Alfredo Simon (3-1, 1.30)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (1-2, 5.02) vs. LHP Tony Cingrani (2-2, 2.86)
Wednesday: RHP Carlos Villanueva (1-5, 10.42) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (1-2, 6.15)

4/28 Trading chips – UPDATED

Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija have both posted quality starts in each of their outings this year, and Hammel improved to 4-1 with a win Sunday over the Brewers. But their success has made them attractive to several other teams. A Cubs spokesman said Monday they have not received calls about the two right-handers or lefty Travis Wood. The trio will likely draw interest leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline. Samardzija (1.53) and Hammel (2.08) rank seventh and 12th, respectively, in the NL in ERA, while Wood has posted quality starts in three of his five outings and has a 3.52 ERA.

Hammel signed a one-year contract in February before pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training. He has said since camp started that every pitcher wants to stay with one team. Would he consider an extension if the Cubs offered one?

“That’s crazy to even bring that up,” Hammel said after Sunday’s win in Milwaukee. “Every player wants to stay in a place for a long time but I’m not thinking about that.”

He’s not thinking about being traded either, but that’s been the Cubs’ trend the last two summers. Last year, it was Scott Feldman and Matt Garza who were dealt by the Trade Deadline.

Hammel is focused on the Cubs right now.

“I just want to win,” Hammel said. “We’re learning how to do that now.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/27 Looking ahead: Cubs vs. Reds

The Cubs travel to Cincinnati to face the Reds, starting a three-game series on Monday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-2, 1.53) vs. RHP Alfredo Simon (3-1, 1.30)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (1-2, 5.02) vs. LHP Tony Cingrani (2-2, 2.86)
Wednesday: RHP Carlos Villanueva (1-5, 10.42) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (1-2, 6.15)

4/18 Reds 4, Cubs 1

Jeff Samardzija posted his fourth quality start on Friday but it wasn’t enough as the Reds beat the Cubs, 4-1, in front of 28,699 at Wrigley Field. Samardzija is winless in his last 10 starts. The Cubs have scored a total of four runs in his four starts this year.

“You keep going out there and doing your work,” Samardzija said. “Today was a tough day to hit with that wind. You just go out and keep doing your work and understand everybody is doing their job. You can’t let it get to you, for sure.”

* Manager Rick Renteria met with the players after the game, although he would not confirm the meeting.

“He said a lot of good things,” Welington Castillo said of the Cubs manager. “He’s a positive guy.”

Renteria said he’s not focused on the statistics, but what he sees on the field.

“I concern myself more with the way we approach the game,” Renteria said. “If our approach is good and we’re really focused on what we’re supposed to be doing both at the plate and in the field, I’m good with it. Today, I think we were a little sloppy in general, and Jeff really kept us in the ballgame throughout.”

* On the plus side, the Cubs did snap a 24-scoreless inning stretch with Luis Valbuena’s RBI single in the seventh.

* Anthony Rizzo had two hits, and was 13-for-26 at home this season. He also combined with Samardzija on three straight plays in the seventh inning.

“Let them roll it over and let me get to first,” Samardzija said. “I think we’ve seen enough out of Riz at first to know he’s a premium first baseman defensively. I always need to be on my toes when the ball heads that way because he plays deep and plays in the hole. We’re kind of on the same page. I’d rather have him cover a lot of ground. We’ve made that play a lot of times. It’s nice to have that over there, it’s a nice commodity to have a first baseman who can pick it like Riz.”

* Playing the NL Central is a good test for the Cubs.

“They’re a good team,” Samardzija said of the Reds. “We’re not playing a fifth-place team. They’re a complete team. They can hit, they can play defense, they can pitch. When they’re guys are healthy in the bullpen, they can close games out. When you play the Reds, Cardinals and Pirates and the Brewers now, you’ve got to bring your ‘A’ game and play clean defense and put some runs on the board and pitch well if you want to win games. I think it’s a good learning curve for us to understand to win games in the big leagues we need all three facets of the game to be clean. You play the good teams and they take advantage of your mistakes, and you can’t give them any breathing room.”

* The Reds stole five bases against the Cubs. It’s the first time a team has done that against Chicago since Atlanta did so on Aug. 14, 2011.

– Carrie Muskat

4/18 Cubs lineup

The Cubs begin a three-game series against the Reds on Friday at Wrigley Field. Jeff Samardzija will get things started against right-hander Alfredo Simon. Here’s the very left-handed lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Castro SS
Sweeney CF
Castillo C
Valbuena 3B
Samardzija P

* The Cubs have been held scoreless in their last 18 innings, and look to avoid being shut out for a third straight game for the first time since being blanked in four straight, April 27-May 1, 1992.

* Samardzija is one of 11 starting pitchers with at least three games pitched and a 1.29 ERA or better this season. He’s the only one without a win. He looks to end a nine-start winless streak dating to Aug. 30 of last season.

* The Cubs have scored three runs total while Samardzija has been in the game. That’s tied for fewest among NL pitchers with at least three starts this season.

4/11 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open a three-game series in St. Louis against the Cardinals on Friday, sending Jeff Samardzija against Joe Kelly. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Valbuena 3B
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney CF
Castro SS
Kalish LF
Castillo C
Samardzija P

* Bonifacio is tied for the Major League lead in hits with 19, and ranks fourth with a .452 batting average. His 19 hits in the first nine games of a season are the most by any Cubs player in the last 100 years since Randy Jackson had 19 in 1954. Thanks to STATS Inc. for that nugget.

* For the rest of the series:

Saturday: Carlos Villanueva vs. Adam Wainwright
Sunday: Edwin Jackson vs. Michael Wada

– Carrie Muskat

4/5 Phillies 2, Cubs 0

Jeff Samardzija posted the fourth quality start in five games for the Cubs. Emilio Bonifacio and Starlin Castro got on base five times. Now, if the Cubs could just drive runners in — and keep Chase Utley quiet — they might turn things around. Utley had three hits, including his second home run in as many games, and scored the Phillies’ second run to post a 2-0 victory Saturday over the Cubs in front of 30,651 fans bundled up to deal with the brisk game-time temperature of 39 degrees.

Samardzija took the loss in his first start at Wrigley Field this season, giving up six hits over seven innings and striking out eight. It was the fourth quality start in five games for a Cubs pitcher, and the Chicago starters now have a 1.95 ERA this season (seven earned runs over 32 1/3 innings).

Renteria, still waiting to hear “Go Cubs Go” played after a home win, loaded the lineup with right-handed hitters Mike Olt, Junior Lake and Justin Ruggiano against Lee, who was the third left-handed starter the Cubs have faced in five games. Lee shrugged it off, and scattered 10 hits over seven innings. But the Cubs didn’t help themselves, stranding 10 runners, and now are 4-for-40 with runners in scoring position in five games.

“You do have to be relaxed and know the pitcher is on the ropes a little bit,” Renteria said. “You talk about it and see if it starts to take hold, an understanding of that particular situation, so guys can be a little more relaxed.”

Samardzija knows his teammates are doing everything they can.

“I see these guys work every day and I know what they’re doing,” Samardzija said. “If it was a different situation and I thought they were lazy, it’d be different. Guys come to work every day and do everything they can. It’s early in the season, and we’ll keep going, keep pushing and figure this out.”

Renteria plans on repeating the message.

“It’s OK if it’s a broken record — you keep repeating it and you keep talking about it,” Renteria said. “You never stop talking about it until you start to understand it and get a good feel for it. A lot of it is more games, just keep getting in more games. I know we didn’t come up with a victory today but for me, it was a ballgame we were in the whole way.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/5 Cubs lineup

The sun is shining at Wrigley Field, but it’s still a little chilly as the Cubs prepare to play the Phillies in Game 2 of their three-game series. Here’s the lineup vs. lefty Cliff Lee:

Bonifacio CF
Castro SS
Ruggiano RF
Rizzo 1B
Lake LF
Olt 3B
Castillo C
Barney 2B
Samardzija P

4/4 Extra bases

* Cubs top prospect Jorge Soler had to leave his Minor League season opener Thursday after he hit a double because of a sore left hamstring. Soler doubled in the first inning for Double-A Tennessee off Mat Latos, who was making a rehab start for Pensacola. Soler was limited to 55 games at Class A Daytona last season because of a strained left calf.

“It sounds like the exact same injury,” Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Friday. “He maybe rushed back too early to get ready for Opening Day or maybe it’s a coincidence. He hits a double in the gap against Latos and it’s a shame that’s the way his season started out. Hopefully, we’ll get good news and he’ll be back on the field soon.”

Soler was to have an MRI on his leg either Friday or Saturday, Hoyer said.

* Hoyer would not say whether the Cubs are still talking to Jeff Samardzija about a contract extension, or if the team would discuss anything this season.

“We’ll keep that in house,” Hoyer said. “In general, it’s up to the player [whether to talk in-season]. We don’t have any problem negotiating in season. I don’t have to hit a fastball or throw a strike. It doesn’t bother me or [president of baseball operations Theo Epstein], but if he or his agent thinks it’ll influence a performance at all, then we don’t do it. We take it on a case by case basis.”

* Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva threw a bullpen on Friday in preparation for what he feels will be his first start on Sunday. The right-hander was eager to get back on the mound.

“I threw a bullpen and I told [pitching coach Chris] Bosio, ‘I wish I could pitch today,'” Villanueva said. “I feel really good today.”

Villanueva took the loss in the Cubs’ first two games Monday and Wednesday, pitching in relief. His start on Sunday was in question because of the workload and manager Rick Renteria said he would talk with Bosio to go over their options. As far as Villanueva is concerned, he’s starting in the series finale against the Phillies.

“I’m in on Sunday,” Villanueva said. “Unless, they tell me otherwise, I’m in.”

– Carrie Muskat

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