Goatriders of the Apocalypse

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.


I guess the question is can Rothschild improve his K rate and reduce is BB rate as he's shown with other pitchers? Someone posted a good analysis of the "Rothschild Effect" either here or on BCB.

I'd say if he can develop his changeup more, or perhaps add a splitter, he might be a decent 4th or 5th starter. Otherwise he's got better stuff and mentality out of the bullpen then some of the other turds we've thrown out there this year.

I'm not ready to give up on the Shark just yet, let's see if they can make him serviceable

He's already got a splitter.

He's already got a splitter. What you're saying is, if he could improve his secondary pitches more, he could be a decent starter. Well isn't that precisely what the minor leagues are for?

In case you're a stats guy, here's a link to what Shark has been throwing so far this year: http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=3254&position=P#pitchtype

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