Cubs Can`t Give Samardzija A Break

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There must be some kind of truth to those pesky curses that baseball in Chicago boasts about. Anthony Rizzo went ten straight games where he hit a home run and the Cubs won, then they lost two straight. The Cubs had the Reds in the palm of their hand all the way up to the ninth inning and then as clichés go, the wheels came off.

The Reds dominated the Cubs in the ninth scoring all their runs and cruising past the Cubs 6-1. But there’s another curse that’s building and growing like a fungus in the ivy at Wrigley. Why can’t Jeff Samardzija get any support? There’s no question he’s been playing extremely well this season, but for some unexplained reason, he’s not getting the support in those games. Would the Cubs record be better if the runs came in during those games? Of course. I’d bet a dime to a dollar that the Cubs would be ahead of the pack in the Wild Card chase. Wanna bet?

Samardzija is 2-6 and most of those games have been great outings. He’s kept the Cubs in the games, but imagine for a moment that if the Cubs won those games that he pitched in, that his 2.53 ERA was a team effort that helped. The Cubs would be a heck of a lot closer than the nine games back in the Wild Card race. Admit it, all you cynics have to agree that the Cubs are a little bit better than we gave them credit for at the start of the season.

“He’s being a professional,” Anthony Rizzo said. “I’m sure it’s not easy reading where he’s going, when he’s going, who he’s going to, who we’re getting if he does get traded. It’s just a distraction and not easy, and he’s dealing well with all of it.”

And this is true. Despite the business dealings that may or may not be going on in the board rooms, Samardzija continues to help out the Cubs.

Believe it.
—Mark

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