Sunday, July 09, 2017

The Shark is now 4-10

Jeff Samardzija could lost 20 games this year.

He was his usual ineffective self tonight as I pondered what was the point of giving this guy a five-year deal?

He's got an 11.1 WAR after 10 years in the bigs. Last year was his best at 2.8.

Here's the SF Chronicle's coverage --

Years from now, there will be a lot of Jeff Samardzija Shark Snow Globes available at garage sales. OK … it might be months from now.
The globes were handed out to thrill-seeking Giants fans Saturday night, and after a few shakes, they had to sit and watch the right-hander pitch. That can be very frustrating, as “The Shark” pumps impressive 95 mph fastballs that are sometimes returned even faster.
The Miami Marlins cruised at AT&T Park for a second straight night, rapping out eight hits for four runs in the first five innings and holding on for a 5-4 win. The Giants scored one in the ninth on a walk to Brandon Crawford and singles by Conor Gillaspie and Joe Panik, but Hunter Pence struck out to end the game. 

Samardzija fell to 4-10, with a 4.58 ERA. He also walked his first batter since June 16 — only his fourth free pass in his past 13 starts (as opposed to 12 home runs).
“He wasn’t quite as sharp, but he’s so competitive, he gave us seven innings,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s such a horse. He gave us a chance to win.”
Justin Bour launched a home run deep into the center-field bleachers in the fourth inning, but that wasn’t even the hardest-hit ball of the evening.
It might have even been third, if you count the screamer that Martin Prado hit off Samardzija’s backside in the sixth inning.
The winner was Giancarlo Stanton, who in the fifth inning, made Giants left fielder Gorkys Hernandez look like a third baseman the way he reacted to a line drive. There was loud crunk — as opposed to a crack — and Hernandez no sooner responded to the sound than he leaped in vain at the ball rocketing by him.
“Think he missed it a little bit,” Samardzija deadpanned.
Statcast had the ball traveling 118 mph off Stanton’s bat, the hardest-hit ball against the Giants since the high-speed tool was introduced to stadiums in 2015. The previous record was held by Stanton, the hulk who delighted the crowd in batting practice by driving balls off the Coke bottle beyond the left-field seats.
That was before Samardzija was shook up and the sharks started circling. Wait, that’s the snow globe. … But it’s also representative of Saturday’s game, as he gave up two runs in the first inning. Dee Gordon singled, Christian Yelich doubled and Marcell Ozuna singled them both home to give Chris O’Grady a nice cushion in his major-league debut.
The left-hander was having his dream come true, only three months after the Angels cut him when he was in Double-A, five years after drafting him. O’Grady credits finally finding a grip that worked for a change-up, after nine years of trying. That and right-hander Edinson Volquez going on the 10-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis.
He had a grip on the Giants through the first three innings, but would have trouble with, of all people, left-handed hitters Brandon Belt and Crawford. Belt hit a double to left-center in the fourth, and would score on an opposite-field single to left by Crawford.
That made it 3-1, and after Stanton’s missile led to a run in the fifth, the Giants cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth. Buster Posey doubled when Ozuna couldn’t make a diving catch down the right-field line, and Belt got him in with another double, this one to left. Belt would score on an infield dribbler by Crawford.
The Marlins added an insurance run in the ninth on a George Kontos wild pitch.
“Early, we didn’t hit a lot of balls hard,” Bochy said. “We just came up short in the end.”


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