Eating crow on Jeff Samardzija -- except not at all.
When Jeff Samardzija won his last start, I wrote about how you shouldn't buy into the kid's long-term stock. Despite shutting his opponent out, the kid with the constant control problems throughout his minor league career gave up four walks and six hits -- against just one strikeout -- in 5.2 innings.
Of course, it's only fitting that Jeff would win his next start as well. This time, he limited the hits to three -- although two were home runs -- but continued to give up walks, allowing another four this time around.
Maybe Samardzija can succeed at the major league level despite a high walk rate and a low ratio of strikeouts to walks (he has just five Ks against his seven BBs in his last two starts). Indeed, the Cubs already have a starting pitcher who has shown he can do just that. (You know who I'm talking about, don't you?)
I'm still not sold myself, but maybe you are.
Also of note in yesterday's blowout win: we got to see a former Cub prospect who's been sort of off the map for a while pitch for an inning. Remember when we traded Jose Ceda for Kevin Gregg? Looks like a NBD-move for now.