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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Paddack set for debut in Padres-Giants finale

A second straight Padres starting pitcher will be making his major league debut Sunday afternoon, while the Giants counter with a veteran trying to rebuild his career after a series of shoulder injuries in 2018.

Chris Paddack, 23, who had a great spring following a triumphant 2018 minor league return from Tommy John surgery, will start for the Padres.

The Giants will counter with 34-year-old Jeff Samardzija while looking for a second straight win and a split of the season-opening, four-game series in San Diego.

Paddack, who split the 2018 season between Class-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, has a tough act to follow when it comes to the young Padres rotation. Through the first three games of the season, sophomores Eric Lauer and Joey Lucchesi and rookie Nick Margevicius have held the Giants to one run on 10 hits, three walks and two hit batters with 15 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings.

There’s something oddly delightful about the Padres this year- they seem to be defying much of what everyone else is doing with team-building, and it may be interesting if it works….

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 04:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris paddack, jeff samardzija, padres

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija wants ties in MLB

Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija has an idea and he knows some people are going to find it weird.

He wants MLB games to end in ties.

“I don’t think we need to play extra-inning games,” he said, via the Mercury News. “End them in a tie, everyone gets one point like the Premier League. A win gets three points. Just end it at nine. We’re playing 162 games. Over that course of games, you should be able to tell who the best team is.”

If we’re going to be inundated with bad ideas as for rule changes, why not bad ideas from the players?

 

QLE Posted: March 16, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, jeff samardzija, manfred is thinking about it, rule changes, ties

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Giants encouraged by Jeff Samardzija’s progress to begin spring training

Jeff Samardzija said he has eight hurdles to hit this spring: Bullpen session, “heavy” bullpen session, live BP session, and then five Cactus League starts. He got through his live BP on Tuesday and said it felt good. Samardzija threw all his pitches while facing players on a back field.

“No pain, no restrictions,” he said. “I just need more work.”

He’ll get it. Samardzija, coming off a season-ending shoulder injury, will be in the rotation when the Giants kick off spring action this weekend. The Giants are encouraged by how he feels, and anticipate Samardzija being ready to start the season.

“I thought he threw really well,” Bochy said. “He had a nice day out there.”

Assorted notes, concerning spring training for the Giants.

QLE Posted: February 20, 2019 at 04:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jeff samardzija, spring training

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Giants’ turmoil ahead with Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija? - SFChronicle.com

Jeff Samardzija needs to worry about getting outs first otherwise the only action he’ll be getting is mop up duty.

When Giants starter Jeff Samardzija recently called the concept of openers “a load of crap,” and Madison Bumgarner seemed of a like mind, it looked like the team could be heading for friction and turmoil this season.

But it’s spring training, for goodness’ sake, a time to be positive.

So, the Giants are perfectly positioned to help major-league baseball ease into the new creative use of pitchers era.

Samardzija told The Chronicle’s John Shea that pitchers who accept the “opener” concept — a normal relief pitcher pitching the first inning — are like sheep. Wimpy sheep.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2019 at 01:43 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jeff samardzija, madison bumgarner, opener

 

 

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