Jeff Samardzija has struggled this spring. He currently has a 10.64 ERA and a WHIP of 2.18. His command has been off, and he has struggled to put away batters with the stuff he has. Samardzija has been mediocre since signing a 5 year/$90M Deal with the Giants in the 2015 offseason. Many were hoping that this would be the year he finally went to the next level. However, it looks unlikely that this will happen. Because of that, the Giants are just going to have to live with the fact that Samardzija will be an inning eater, and nothing else. His contract right now is definitely a liability, and the Giants need to definitely look at other options in the rotation if they want to make a playoff push. That’s just my personal opinion, but I guess all we can do is hope that pitching coach Curt Young can help Samardzija get out of this funk.
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Giants fall to the Oadres 9-7. After trailing early 5-1, the Giants came back in the 6th to take a 6-5 lead. However, a 3 run rally for the Padres in the 7th gave them the lead back, which they held onto. The offense was great, with outstanding performances from Hunter Pence, Andrew McCutchen, Brandon Belt, and Brandon Crawford. I’m very encourage by Belt’s strong spring, and believe it could carry over to the regular season. Hunter Pence has really turned it around, and also could also trend high into the season, and succeed right away. Jeff Samardzija was awful, and gave up 3 home runs in the 3rd inning. He continues to struggle going through the 2nd time around. Giants fans should really be worried, because Samardzija’s success is critical in a playoff push. I just don’t think he has it in him to be as good as he was supposed to be when he signed his contract. At the very least, Cory Gearrin was solid. It’s unclear if he will get a spot in the bullpen, but I think he’s actually earned over Derek Law and Sam Dyson. Tony Watson gave up a run in his inning a work, but I wouldn’t be concerned. Not a ton of noise for position battles. Austin Jackson went 1-4, and it’s still unclear who will get the everyday center fielder role. Kelby Tomlinson committed another error, but went 1-1, so it’s unclear how Bochy felt about his performance. That’s all, Giants fans, on to the next one.