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Game #39: White Sox at Athletics

In today's matchup two of our 2014 All Stars, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir, go head-to-head.

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Trying to salvage one win in this series, Scott Kazmir takes on Jeff Samardzija.

Important things to consider about today's game:

  • Jeff Samardzija didn't choose to be part of the Cubs trade package that eventually landed him on the South Side and part of the Kansas City brawl in April and a five-game suspension.
  • Samardzija's return start on May 12th was not the most successful, receiving a no-decision and giving up 7 runs (5 of them earned) in just six inning against the Brewers.
  • Samardzija is 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 45 innings pitched.
  • Scott Kazmir continues to rely heavily on his four-seam fastball, throwing it 46% of the time with his change and cutter his next two reliable pitches.  He is one with a nice repertoire also throwing an occasional slider but rarely a curve.
  • We should see some significant ground ball outs today as Kazmir's worm-killing cutter is utilized about every 10-11 pitches.

Today's Lineups

Adam Eaton - CF Billy Burns - CF
Emilio Bonifacio - DH Marcus Semien - SS
Melky Cabrera - LF Josh Reddick - RF
Jose Abreu - 1B Billy Butler - DH
Avisail Garcia - RF Stephen Vogt - C
Gordon Beckham - 3B Coco Crisp - LF
Alexei Ramirez - SS Brett Lawrie - 3B
Geovany Soto - C Max Muncy - 1B
Carlos Sanchez - 2B Eric Sogard - 2B