Jeff Samardzija Was Awesome Last Week and Other Bullets

jeff samardzija gatorade showerI woke up this morning with my eyes all puffed up and a lethargy that I’ve felt only after a couple consecutive sleepless nights. I think I’ve slept all right the last couple nights (“normal” for having a two-year-old and an infant, anyway), and I don’t really feel sick, so I wonder what’s up. The only thing I could think of is that we have had the window open in our bedroom for the last couple nights, and I seem to remember something from my childhood about this time of year causing me problems when the windows are open at night. I do have serious seasonal allergy issues (though I’m on allergy shots), so maybe there’s something there. In any case, I am in quite a fog today.

  • Jeff Samardzija had a rough stretch before last week, and it lasted longer than you might realize. Before his last two starts, Samardzija was sporting a 5.50 ERA over the preceding 14(!) starts. In that time, he saw his early season ERA slip from 2.85 to 4.29, and the talk of him having made the right decision in betting on himself (i.e., not accepting a team-friendly, long-term extension in the offseason) died down. In his last two starts, however, Samardzija was dominant, putting up a 1.59 ERA over 17 innings. He struck out 12 and walked just 2. The two performances were good enough to net Samardzija Player of the Week honors in the NL (tied with Jose Fernandez, who now carries the Matt Harvey hope balloon), and have us all starting to wonder how the anticipated offseason extension discussions are going to go. Samardzija is under team control for two more years, but it’s no secret that the Cubs would like to lock him down for a couple more after that.
  • Baseball America’s prospect notebook includes a bit on Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards, the lanky righty the Cubs got in the Matt Garza deal. Edwards, 21, has been perversely successful since being promoted to High-A with the Cubs, posting a 1.45 ERA over five starts and 18.2 innings, striking out 28 and walking just 6. Before that, he dominated lower levels in the Rangers’ system. From BA: “Mike Olt may have been the more well-known name in the trade that sent Matt Garza to Texas, but Edwards could end up being the prize of the haul for the Cubs. With a fastball that sits around 90-94 mph and can get into the high 90s when he needs it, Edwards is a strike thrower who repeats his delivery, works down in the zone, misses plenty of bats and can keep the ball in the yard.” With a few more pounds on his frame, I’d think you would see more folks believing Edwards can sustain this success long-term as a starter at higher levels (well, maybe not *this* much success, but legit success). He’s got the stuff, he’s got the pitches, and (right now) he’s got the control/command. Is Edwards the top pitching prospect in the Cubs’ system? Is his a top 100 overall prospect? Depends on the eyes-on reports, but the answers very plausibly could be yes and yes, going into next year.
  • (You can also read about how well Jonathan Gray is pitching in the Rockies’ system – but I don’t think the Cubs are upset with choosing Bryant over Gray. Not only are we talking about a handful of games, but it’s not like Bryant hasn’t also been absolutely dominant this year.)
  • Junior Lake has the huge arm, but Brian Bogusevic – a converted pitcher – is the Cubs’ emergency pitcher.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

59 responses to “Jeff Samardzija Was Awesome Last Week and Other Bullets”

  1. JeffR

    Did you recently get vaccinated?

    1. RS

      vaccines: just say NO!

      1. hansman1982

        Ya! Getting the measles rules!

        1. TWC

          Don’t forget about the fun of *sharing* measles with everyone, too!

          1. hansman1982

            Sharing is caring.

            1. miggy80

              You know who don’t like vaccines? the Taliban

      2. Mr. B. Patient

        Any determination of whether or not someone should get vaccinated should be between that person and his/her doctor, not from internetz advice (or Michele Bachmann or Jenny McCarthy).

        This is a public service announcement.

        1. Blublud

          IDK. Michele Bachmann seems to be pretty intelligent. I have never seen her speak and not know what she’s talking bout. Makes me wanna move to Minnesota.

          I think she may be even smarter then Sarah Palin. ;)

          1. Mr. B. Patient

            Do you have her pin-up poster?

            Sarah Palin still exists?

            1. Blublud

              I was joking. But a MB pin-up would probably make me throw up.

        2. Kyle

          Screw that. My family doctor likes to make subtle anti-vaccine suggestions. Don’t have a lot of options to switch, but total nutter on the issue.

          1. JB88

            I have a very intelligent friend from law school who wholeheartedly believes that her son has autism as a result of vaccines. It doesn’t make sense to me, but there are a lot of people who believe something is causing the high incidents of autism in children these days.

            Of course, the idea of kids walking around as carriers for measles, mumps, rhubella, polio, or any other super virus scares me a whole lot more than the possibility of autism.

            1. mjhurdle

              When you look at what a vaccine is and what it actually does to your body to provide value, i think that a little concern is valid.
              That being said, im no doctor and agree with Mr. B Patient that it is a personal decision for each person.

              1. bbmoney

                The frustrating part is that it puts a lot of people at risk for a whole bunch of fear that has absolutely zero scientific evidence to support it.

                If you don’t want to vaccinate your kids, fine, I have no right to make you. But since it’s a bit of a public health risk, I just don’t want them in school with my kids, so you can then home-school them if that’s your choice.

                1. hansman1982

                  “If you don’t want to vaccinate your kids, fine, I have no right to make you. But since it’s a bit of a public health risk, I just don’t want them in school with my kids, so you can then home-school them if that’s your choice.”

                  Considering the scourage that was polio and measles and smallpox, I don’t agree with the first part and to the second part, we should ship them all to live in St. Louis. After the diseases wipe out the Cards fanbase they won’t have anyone to attend the games.

                  1. Ron

                    My biggest problem with vaccines is the amount not the idea. Polio, got it good one. Small pox, they dont do it any more because it is very risky (lots of side effects) and currently low occurence. Measles, Mumps and Rhubella (mmr) none of these diseases have a high death rate. Yes they suck but most folks dont die. Now we are vaccinating kids for chicken pox (very survivable at a young age) hepatitus, exposure very unlikly in the general population, and the flu, which is just a guess on the strain. I am not saying that autism is caused by vaccines but there are a lot of people with a lot of money that dont want the link ever made.

                  2. RS

                    your kids are protected it is not a health risk..
                    I am a doctor , researched vaccines for nearly 20 years.
                    My research says that vaccines have more risk then benefit.
                    Vaccines are 100% connected to autism and many other health problems.
                    All my kids were never vaccinated..and are 100% healthy.
                    I am writing a book on healthy kids..
                    Polio was 90% on the decline before vaccines…based on sanitation…
                    in Chicago..you have a great MD that offers the other side of the health story…MERCOLA.com..

                2. mjhurdle

                  if i felt that strongly about it, i would home-school my kids before expecting the rest of the country to conform to my opinion…

                  1. JB88

                    Homeschooling your kids is fine, but you would risk exposing others to those illnesses based on any other everyday contact. I mean short of leper-like colonies there is no way to prohibit contact between vaccinated and non-vaccinated persons. And it isn’t like non-vaccinated persons are walking around with a sign that informs others of that.

                    1. mjhurdle

                      agree 100%.
                      that is why i think it is funny when people get worked up about an issue, and yet think that somehow they should be able to continue to do everything they want, and just make everyone else change.

                    2. On The Farm

                      I thought Obama promised me change I could believe in. Doesn’t that mean that people will change to do what I want?

            2. Kyle

              If anything good comes from my son’s autism, it’s that I have standing to tell the people “If it was your kid, you’d think differently” that they are full of it.

              1. Ron

                A friend of mine, also an SF medic, believes that autism is linked to vaccines. His theory is the high fever at the particular age, about 18 months, it is more about the fever than the vaccine. But, unfortunately, a side effect of a vaccine is the fever. He thinks the vaccine schedule needs to be changed and personally I dont disagree. I just look at risk vs. survivability from a disease and it scares me to put all that in my kids. I have conformed to the “social norm” and vaccinated all my kids but I have been able to push the schedule by a few months so they arent so stacked.

            3. RS

              your kids are protected it is not a health risk..
              I am a doctor , researched vaccines for nearly 20 years.
              My research says that vaccines have more risk then benefit.
              Vaccines are 100% connected to autism and many other health problems.
              All my kids were never vaccinated..and are 100% healthy.
              I am writing a book on healthy kids..
              Polio was 90% on the decline before vaccines…based on sanitation…
              in Chicago..you have a great MD that offers the other side of the health story…MERCOLA.com..

              1. Chad

                RS, please send me some of your research. I would like to validate your study design and analysis on how you can come up with these results. I am very pessimistic in your knowledge or understanding of any of these, because nobody can ever say 100% anything. Especially saying that vaccines 100% cause autism, which would mean anyone that got a vaccination as a child would be autisitc. Basically, I think you are full of it, and spouting off stuff like that is irresponsible. Especially if you are an M.D. Very irresponsible.

  2. Rich

    Who were the last 2 teams Smarj…pitched against?
    I dont yet have a warm fuzzy….

  3. ken

    Is it normal for High-A pitchers to go just 18 innings over 5 starts? If so, I can see how it is difficult to project performance of starters to the majors.

    1. On The Farm

      They are most likely limiting his innings due to innings over the season, and Daytona has a high probablilty of going to the playoffs so they will need some more starts out of him. If they weren’t trying to limit his innings, he would have a few more innings under his belt because he has been an absolute monster in that league.

      1. bbmoney

        Yep, and I think he’s also had rain shorten a start or two of his even more than they otherwise might have.

    2. CubFan Paul

      piggyback starts.

      1. On The Farm

        Yeah they were trying to work Baker in there for a while too so that had some effect.

    3. C. Steadman

      he has had one start get shortened bc of a rain delay or else his innings would be over 20…he has was shortened to 3 2/3 because he was gettin “shelled”(shelled for what he’s used to, gave up his first pro career homer) but he usually goes 5 innings…also he’s up over 100 innings on the season and playoffs are also approaching

      1. C. Steadman

        bbmoney beat me to it..sorry for the reiteration

  4. CubFan Paul

    I’l take Grimm, who should of been in AAA all this year getting seasoning over Edwards.

  5. EJF174

    C.J. Edwards… The next Chris Archer??? That will make each incredible Archer start much easier to stomach.

    1. C. Steadman

      his lower level minor league stats are completely filthy over the past year and a half…hopefully he can keep it goin at AA&AAA

  6. Spencer

    I wish the Cubs had a Jose Fernandez.

    1. ETS

      Even if Theo had been with the cubs at the time. I doubt he rolls the dice on a HS pitcher.

  7. miggy80

    Brett if your looking for some Herbal Respiratory Support look into Freeze-Dried Stinging Nettles.

    1. TWC

      Or, alternately, you can come over to my house and weed all the stinging nettle out of my garden.

      1. miggy80

        Whoa I need to add some stinging nettles to my garden. My girlfriend goes through them like crazy.

  8. justinjabs

    Allergies suck. A lot. I deal with seasonal stuff all summer everyone I know has pets (allergic to animal dander).

  9. waittilthisyear

    anyone have any information regarding how often TJS is necessary for right handed throwers compared to left handed throwers? with harvey (likely) going down, it seems like righties need it way more often. also, i cannot believe chris sale’s arm has not fallen off, though it makes me happy that it hasn’t

    1. AlwaysNextYear

      Could be the fact there are more right handed pitchers then left handed pitchers. Just a thought

    2. C. Steadman

      Tommy John was a left handed pitcher….

  10. DReese

    Well Brett my last few night have been pretty bad as well. I moved into my new 4th floor apt on Saturday (no elevator) and couldn’t sleep because of the new mattress and on Sunday I got food poisoning. So the weekend was filled with no sleep, I feel your pain.

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