The Chicago Cubs have had bad luck for over 105 years and counting, but what Jeff Samardzija is going through right now is simply incomprehensible.
Samardzija leads all of Major League Baseball with an unthinkable 1.46 ERA, yet in 10 starts this season, he is winless with a 0-4 record.
In his latest start against the Yankees yesterday, Samardzija pitched 7 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits and striking out 3.
That was Samardzija’s 13th straight start in which he allowed 2 runs or fewer, per ESPN Stats and Information, the second-longest such streak since the sport began calculating earned runs in 1913 (basically, in baseball history).
However, Cubs closer Hector Rondon could not hold the lead, in part because of a throwing error on a potential double play ball. The Yankees tied the game in the 9th, and went on to win the game in 13 winnings. The Cubs are now 1-9 in Samardzija’s starts this season.
It’s really starting to become a legitimate question: Will Jeff Samardzija ever get a win?
Former Cubs pitcher Matt Garza said it best in a comment made regarding Samardzija’s tough luck at the end of April.
“I told him: it doesn’t matter, dude. You play in Chicago,” Garza said. “I was there and I lost 30 wins in three seasons. So it’s not your fault. Just pitch your way out of it… There’s nothing else you can do…I’m hoping the best for him. He’s a young kid who deserves a shot to maybe go win something.”
That is quite the statement made from Garza on the Cubs losing, and it could very well be a culture thing. Even though the players are always changing, the losing cloud that surrounds the franchise seemingly hovers over the team constantly.
Aside from accumulating wins, Samardzija is establishing himself as one of the premier starting pitchers in baseball, and is lining himself up for a big pay day.
Samardzija has been saying say all the right things, but it’s hard to imagine him staying level-headed if he continues dominating and still loses.
A trade at this point could be the best option for both parties. Are you listening Yankees?