Cubs Road Ahead: Jeff Samardzija vs. the Reds

Cubs Road Ahead: Jeff Samardzija vs. the Reds
June 23, 2014, 6:00 pm
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The Cubs continue their long homestand this week with a series against the Central Division-rival Reds. Comcast SportsNet's David Kaplan and Patrick Mooney break down the three-game set with Cincinnati in the Cubs Road Ahead presented by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.

Jeff Samardzija will open this week's series with the Reds on Monday. Problem is, he hasn't fared too well against the division-rival Reds over the course of his career.

The Shark is having a great season, but his luck hasn't been great against the Reds. In two starts this season against Cincy, Samardzija is 0-2, and while the 2.84 ERA is a pretty good one, he allowed four runs in just 5 2/3 innings last time out against them at the end of April. In his career, the numbers are much uglier. In 23 career appearances (nine starts), he's got a 1-5 record with a 4.54 ERA. He's also allowed nine home runs, the most against any opponent in his career.

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But it could soon be that Samardzija will be facing the Reds while wearing a different uniform. With his name at the top of the list of trade-deadline candidates, which team will end up landing the 29-year-old righty?

"You have a guy in Samardzija who could really be a difference-maker in a pennant race," Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney said. "And when you look across the standings today, there really aren't that many — if any — great teams running away with it. There's 20 to 25 teams that feel like they're not quite out of it yet, and you've got teams sending multiple representatives to watch Samardzija pitch. I think at this point, there's not much left for him to prove in terms of whether or not a team thinks he can impact their team down the stretch. I think it's more of just whichever team comes to Theo and Jed first and checks all those boxes in terms of what they want, the young, impact premium pitching that isn't too far away from the big leagues."

Check out more talk about the Cubs and their upcoming matchups in the video above.