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The Notre Dame football star filled in for Carlos Silva (elbow) in an emergency yesterday and shut down the playoff-seeking St. Louis Cardinals. The right-hander pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing six hits and four walks while fanning one.
So, here's the thing: Samardzija is talented, but he has yet to demonstrate consistency as a professional. He has a 5.43 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP in 71 1/3 innings in the majors. He has a 4.30 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in the minors. He also has an escalating K/9 on the farm and has been jerked around between starter and reliever for the past couple of seasons. Samardzija has added variety to his repertoire, something he flashed in just his third big league start.
Samardzija has plenty of work to do in the free pass department, but if the Cubs stick with him in this role, he could be solid. Monday's effort wasn't special, despite the shutout, but Chicago will probably let him finish the year in the rotation if Silva is sidelined. Expect bruises, but Samardjiza may put up an Irish Fight, too. Next year, he'll have no minor league options. He may once again be in a rush.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570. Follow @NicholasMinnix
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