A’s fans won’t have to wait long to see their brand new ace-quality starting pitcher take the hill. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Jeff Samardzija will “definitely” get his first Oakland start on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Samardzija last pitched July 28th, so he’ll be going on slightly extended rest when he makes his debut for the A’s on Sunday. Brad Mills was originally scheduled to start against the Blue Jays’ Drew Hutchison.
As an interesting side-bar to the game, the Blue Jays were one of the teams believed to be in heavy pursuit of Samardzija at various times over the last few weeks. There was even a report that the Cubs and Jays were in deep discussions about the pitcher but were hung up on the number of top prospects the Cubs wanted in return.
Had the Jays relented and given the Cubs what they wanted, it might have been them sending Samardzija to the hill tomorrow and not the A’s.
We’ll see if the Jays end up regretting the decision not to give up the prospects needed to land Samardzija. They still seem to be at least a starter short as they try to make the playoffs.
The A’s on the other hand may have more pitchers than they know what to do with. On Saturday they had to send down no. 4 starter Tommy Milone just to clear the way for Samardzija.
We’ll see if the former Cubs ace can bring the same kind of dominance to the hill that he showed over the course of the season in Chicago, where he got zero run support.