Saturday, July 26, 2008

How Not To Break In A Questionable Rookie Pitcher

...put him in to protect a one-run lead in the middle of a playoff race.

Seriously, what were the Cubs thinking? Samardzija's career minor league numbers: 255 IP, 4.45 ERA, 102 BB, 149 K, 27 HR. Most of that was done in the low minors. Sign me up!

Worse, ESPN is discussing how impressive Samardzija was in his debut. The same debut where he blew the lead, contributing to a defeat when his team was clinging to a one-game division lead.

If Lou Piniella keeps letting Samardzija "get his feet wet" in situations like this one, he deserves every blown save that will come his way.

1 comment:

Kiefer said...

That lead wouldn't have been "blown" by Samardzija if the Cubs had a real shortstop.