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  1. Efficiency solidifying Jake Arrieta's status

    Sahadev Sharma

    CHICAGO - When it comes to the Chicago Cubs' starting staff, the future is a bit murky. Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, both performing at an All-Star level for more than two months, are likely to be dealt before the trade deadline. After a bre...

    Blog | June 08, 2014
  2. Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5, Marlins 2

    Sahadev Sharma

    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs got two home runs from Junior Lake to help Jeff Samardzija to his second win of the season. Here's a quick look at the game: How it happened: Samardzija gave up a solo shot to Christian Yellich in the third, but the Cu...

    Blog | June 07, 2014
  3. Renteria wants better focus from Cubs

    Sahadev Sharma

    CHICAGO -- When a team is on a losing streak and fails to score for two straight games, the last thing a manager wants to see is a lack of focus. After the Chicago Cubs' 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday -- their fifth straight defeat -- C...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  4. Cubs' woes in clutch look awfully familiar

    Sahadev Sharma

    CHICAGO - It's early, but the 2014 season certainly has a familiar feel. The Chicago Cubs got another strong performance from their starter, this time Jeff Samardzija, who went seven strong Saturday, giving up just two runs while striking out eigh...

    Blog | April 05, 2014
  5. Rapid Reaction: Phillies 2, Cubs 0

    Sahadev Sharma

    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs fell to 1-4 after getting blanked by Cliff Lee and the Phillies on Saturday. Here's a quick look at the game: How it happened: The Cubs' inability to come up with the big hit doomed them once again. The Cubs had 10 hit...

    Blog | April 05, 2014
  6. Samardzija keeping head in game

    Sahadev Sharma

    Now that he's not on the mound every fifth day, sitting and watching his Chicago Cubs teammates continue to compete hasn't been easy for Jeff Samardzija. "It's tough, it's really tough," Samardzija said. "You get into a routine and your body knows...

    Blog | September 16, 2012
  7. Cubs' Samardzija could be a building block

    Sahadev Sharma

    CHICAGO -- While watching Carlos Gonzalez lead off the third inning with a home run - after Chris Nelson had just done the same to start the second - it was doubtful that anyone expected Jeff Samardzija to say this was the most proud he's been of him...

    Blog | August 24, 2012
  8. Samardzija seeks redemption as a starter

    Sahadev Sharma

    CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija is well aware of what his critics have said about him. He's been labeled a $10-million bust and questioned for his desire to become a starter when he finally showed some success as a reliever. Then, of course, everyone's...

    Blog | April 12, 2012
  9. Cubs relievers mostly home-grown group

    Sahadev Sharma

    While the Chicago Cubs have been much maligned for their inability to develop quality starting pitchers, they've built a solid relief corps through their minor league system. A few of those arms were on display in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Houston ...

    Blog | September 17, 2011
  10. Slider gives Jeff Samardzija a lift

    Sahadev Sharma

    Chicago Cubs reliever Jeff Samardzija may never be the elite starter many fans hoped for when the Cubs drafted him in fifth round of the 2006 draft and lured him away from football with a lucrative contract, but he is sliding in the right direction. ...

    Blog | August 06, 2011
  11. Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5, Astros 4

    Sahadev Sharma

    CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 10-inning, 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday at Wrigley Field. How it happened: Cubs starter Matt Garza pitched brilliantly once again, allowing only two runs on five hits while striking o...

    Blog | July 24, 2011
  12. Chemistry not an issue for Cubs

    Sahadev Sharma

    CHICAGO -- In most cases, a winning team is a happy team. Go into any major league clubhouse after a victory and the music will be loud. The faces will be beaming. It's a common refrain that winning breeds chemistry, but the Chicago Cubs are trying...

    Blog | June 18, 2011
  13. Cubs hitting, just not in the clutch

    Sahadev Sharma

    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have been hitting the ball all season, but for some reason, when men get on base their bats have gone silent. The Cubs are hitting .268 (second best in the NL), but with men in scoring position their average plummets to ....

    Blog | May 08, 2011
  14. Walks hurt Samardzija's case for starting

    Sahadev Sharma

    Jeff Samardzija is fighting for a spot in the Cubs' 2011 rotation, but starts like the one he had Sunday afternoon aren't going to help his cause. Was he too pumped pitching in front of the Cubs fans in the last home game of the season? "Obvi...

    Blog | September 26, 2010
  15. Sahadev Sharma: Failing the 'Eye-Test', a look at Jeff Samardzija...

    Sahadev Sharma

    If used correctly, stats can give you a clearer picture of what's happening on the field. This is especially true in baseball, but sometimes, what you see with your very own eyes is the best measure of a player's value. Right now this seems to be the...

    Blog | Conversation | May 07, 2009