SF Giants: whatever happened to Jeff Samardzija?

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals

Aug 5, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) reacts after giving up a solo homer to Washington Nationals center fielder Trea Turner (7) during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Samardzija arrived in San Francisco in April and was greeted with a hero’s welcome. BFF Vickie announced he was HER Guy not long after. I liked him too. Now? I love Jeff Samardzija. I think he got bit by a June Swoon bug and he’s still not over it.

There has got to be a way to get him back to where he was. I know he had struggles in 2014 (7-13)  both in Chicago (2-7) and Oakland (5-6), and last year back in Chicago as a White Sox (11-13). This year he was well on his way to turning it around as a Giant. He went 3-1 with a no decision in April and 4-2 in May. Then along came June and he hasn’t been the same since (1-2, with 2 no dec. in both June and July).

I’m sure Dave Righetti is working with Samardzija to get it sorted out. It’s in there, we know it’s in there–we’ve seen it. He’s got the stuff. Besides that he’s BFF Vickie’s guy, and you know what? If he’s BFF Vickie’s guy, he’s pretty much my guy too. I hope they get it figured out soon.

We lost again today and Jeff Samardzija was only part of the problem. An infrequent Brandon Crawford error (he has 10 so far on the year) in the first put a runner on third base and the game slowly unraveled from there. Truth be told, Samardzija is snake bit. Pure bum luck and not being able to catch a whiff of a break are the real problems. Can they fix it? I sure hope so. Maybe Hunter Pence needs to take Samardzija to a sunflower forest where they can do the sunflower seed dance with nobody watching.

I’ve been singing this to the tune of Mrs. Robinson (with apologies to Paul Simon and anyone in hearing distance): “where have you gone, Jeff Samardzija, Giants nation turns it hopeful eyes to you, woo, woo, woo…” Hey, it’s all I’ve got, don’t make fun.

Angel Pagan continued his hot, hot, hot (thank you Buster Poindexter) streak and hit a solo home run in the fourth. The final score was:

Giants 1, Nationals 5

At least they didn’t shut us out.

We get the consolation prize again, Boston kicked some Dodger ass…ets all over Chavez Ravine, beating the Boys in Blue, 9-0. LA is still two games back. You hear the faint rustling behind them? That’s the Rockies getting sneaky good while we weren’t looking. Looks like they’re gunning for the second Wild Card slot.Only four teams standing in their way–Marlins, Cards, Mets and Pirates.

Saturday’s game is 4:05 pm with Matt Cain on the mound. For all the out-of-market watchers the game will be on the MLB Network. The rest of us can tune into CSN-BA or KNBR 680. Join the Facebook group in the friendly confines of SF Giants Game Time Thread & Chat to watch the game and chat with other fans, enjoy a dog and a beer. Bring your own. Follow the thread:


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