Cubs Road Ahead: Samardzija looks for win vs. NL-best Giants

Cubs Road Ahead: Samardzija looks for win vs. NL-best Giants
May 25, 2014, 10:00 pm
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After splitting a four-game set in San Diego, the Cubs have series ahead this week with a pair of first-place teams in the Giants and Brewers. CSN's Kelly Crull and Todd Hollandsworth talk Cubs in the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

Jeff Samardzija still doesn't have a win, but that hasn't stopped him from being one of baseball's best pitchers.

And now, the man who has arguably pitched better than anyone in the National League this season will go up against the team that's won more games than any other in the National League when the Cubs head up the California coast for a three-game set with the Giants.

San Francisco has won 32 games, more than any team in baseball. The Giants rank fourth in the NL in runs scored and second in home runs. Samardzija. meanwhile, has the league's lowest ERA (1.46) and has allowed just 11 runs in his 10 starts.

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So against the big, bad Giants, will Samardzija finally see his name next to letter W? Hollandsworth thinks start No. 11 will be the lucky one.

"I think it's going to happen," Hollandsworth said. "I think it's going to happen when everybody stops talking about it and everybody stops putting so much pressure on themselves to make it happen. You saw that in his last start, and that's one thing that really frustrated me about it. Jeff did everything in his power to be great that day, just continued to pitch as well as he has. That win's going to come at some point, but right now I realize his teammate are putting the pressure on themselves to make things happen behind him."

It's Jake Arrieta and Edwin Jackson in the series' second and third games, respectively, before the Cubs return to the Midwest to take on the Brewers.

You can catch the entire Road Ahead, including Hollandsworth's thoughts on the Cubs' hiring/signing of Manny Ramirez, in the video above.