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Jeff Samardzija named Opening Day starter for Cubs

Mar 3, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

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This is obviously related to the Matt Garza news.

According to’s Carrie Muskat, Cubs manager Dale Sveum announced Sunday morning in camp that Jeff Samardzija will get the nod on Opening Day — Monday, April 1 — against the Pirates. Garza would have been given the honor, but he has been ruled out until May with a left lat strain.

Samardzija, a former wide receiver at the University of Notre Dame, posted an excellent 3.81 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 28 outings in 2012 — his first full season as a major league starting pitcher. He also racked up a total of 180 strikeouts in 174 2/3 innings.

The talented 28-year-old right-hander was a fifth-round pick of the Cubs in 2006.

  1. shwoogy1 - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Sjmhgdfsjmarga has looked better and better every year. That’s a great era on a crap team last year.

    • jm91rs - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Really? I think he looks worse? We are talking about that ridiculous hair, right?

  2. thehumanfly - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    AJ Burnett will go 8 innings or yhe W. 4-1 bucs

  3. shwoogy1 - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    I actually love the flowing locks. It helps with velocity.

  4. illegalblues - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    fun guy to watch pitch but that dude is an oxycontin dealer in another universe.

    • jwbiii - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      More likely a steelworker. His uncle works in a mill with a friend of mine.

  5. larryboodry - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Well-deserved, even if Garza was healthy.

  6. tuberippin - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    If he gains fifty pounds and curls his locks he could pass for Kenny Powers

  7. Gamera the Brave - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Well, at least we know what happened to Lincecum’s hair…

  8. 11thstreetmafia - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    This guy was one heck of a receiver.

  9. sndvl99 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    When did a 3.81 ERA become an “excellent” ERA?

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