Jeff Samardzija went into Sunday’s game against Milwaukee sporting the best ERA in the majors at 1.68. After three innings of work, Jeff Samardzija no longer had the best ERA in the majors.
His ERA was no longer under 2.00. It was no longer under 2.50. In just three scant innings of work, Samardzija gave up 8 earned runs to Milwaukee and saw his ERA explode from 1.68 to 2.55.
Samardzija gave up two in the first frame on a 2-run jack by Ryan Braun. He surrendered just one in the second before completely falling apart in the third. The key hit in that inning was a three-run double by Lyle Overbay. That was followed by an RBI single by Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse.
You know your pitcher has totally lost his concentration when he’s giving up RBI singles to pitchers in the middle of getting his ass stomped. Terrible day for Jeff Samardzija. All season people have felt sorry for Samardzija because he pitched great but didn’t get any run support. This day, he created his own problems.
For the Cubs to get Samardzija off the hook, they’ll have to rally back from down 8-0. I don’t see it happening.