Jeff Samardzija must be thinking what else he needs to do to get a win this season – the starting pitcher has the best earned runs average on the planet but sits on a 0-4 record for the Chicago Cubs.
The 29-year-old is the hottest pitcher in the MLB with his 1.46 ERA for 2014 and has conceded two runs or fewer in every game he has played.
On Wednesday Samardzija threw a near-perfect game against the New York Yankees with seven scoreless innings and only four hits. But the Cubs threw away a 2-0 lead in the ninth and lost 4-2 after 13 innings.
The pitcher has become MLB’s hottest property but finds himself at a club struggling at the foot of the National League central with a dismal 17-28 record. The Cubs would be wise to trade the pitcher to strengthen the rest of their team otherwise Samardzija will continue to perform miracles, only for them to be undone by his teammates.
Samardzija is winless since last August in the MLB despite his unbelievable stats. The pitcher has also struck out 56 batters in his 10 appearances this year and has a WHIP of 1.09.
The Cubs main problem this season has been the lack of firepower in the batting department. Emilio Bonifacio is the Cubs top batter but his average in 2014 is a miserly .291 while big hitters like Yasiel Puig and Robinson Cano have averaged .320 or over.
But despite the lack of support from the offence, Samardzija has kept plugging away in the knowledge that the baseball world will marvel at his impressive ERA rather than the losing record.
Rumours on ESPN.com explain Samardzija is working hard to earn a potential trade away from Chicago and find teammates more suited to his level, but so far no firm evidence has been found.
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