Jeff Samardzija threw a full nine innings with one unearned run on three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts but took a no-decision after the Cubs lost to the White Sox in 12 innings.
Despite holding down a 1.62 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, the Cubs ace is 0-3 through his first seven start of the season. Although his strikeouts are down a bit from previous seasons (6.84 K/9), he is on his way to setting career-lows in both ERA and WHIP, which makes up for the lack of swing and misses. If he continues trending in this direction the wins will start to fall his way eventually. He will be on the hunt for win No. 1 when he takes on the Braves on Saturday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Jake Marisnick was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Thursday night against the Royals.
Jake Marisnick had two hits from the bottom of the order which included a double and a run scored in Houston’s 5 -2 win over Kansas City on Thursday night. His double in the second inning with two outs kept the inning alive and Marisnick scored on a single by Jose Altuve before Yordano Ventura left the game after a rain delay in the second inning. Although Marisnick struggled in the second half, he did finish September/October with a .275 average with three home runs and seven stolen bases. Analysis: Greg Jewett