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Chicago White Sox: Jeff Samardzija has tough spring outing

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The Sunday outing for the Chicago White Sox, and especially starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, was a tough go of things, with the Good Guys losing to the Milwaukee Brewers, 13-4 in their spring training meeting.

Even worse was the outing for Samardzija, who had his worst outing of the three spring starts he’s now made. Samardzija pitched 4.1 innings, where he allowed five earned runs on eight hits and no walks.

He did strike out two, but allowed three home runs, seeing his spring ERA soar to 7.15. Samardzija is now 1-1 this spring in 11.1 innings on the hill after the White Sox traded for him this offseason.

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In his three starts, Samardzija has six strikeouts and has walked two. He’s allowed a total of 15 hits, nine earned runs and four home runs. He also hit one batter with teams batting .326 off him this spring, his first with the White Sox.

Samardzija also has a WHIP of 1.50 this spring, but it is just spring training, and I’m still not worried about the 6-5, 225-pound right-handed pitcher and his spring stats.

According to MLB.com writer Adam McCalvy, as he wrote on Sunday, he quoted Samardzija giving up one of his home runs to Jonathan Lucroy:

"“We have a new catcher in there so we are working on some new pitches. Johnny is a good dude, and he’s a heck of a player. I’m happy I don’t have to face him 12 times a year.”"

I guess it is good to see this is just a continued effort to work on his pitches, and as long as this doesn’t happen in the regular season, all is good for him and the White Sox. I highly doubt the White Sox starter will have an ERA around 7.00 at any point this upcoming regular season.

Samardzija and all pitchers will most likely have days like this one he had during the spring and in the regular season .. let’s just hope days like this one on the stat sheet are a rarity though once the regular season arrives.

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