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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
Aramis Ramirez confirmed that 2015 will be his final season.
Ramirez will turn 37 in June in what will be his 18th major league season. He was a legitimate 30-home run threat during the prime of his career, but now here we are 10 years past that prime and he's more of a 15-home run threat these days. Injuries were a big part of his decline and he's missed an awful lot of games over the years, but considering how bad the third base position looks this year, one last go-around with A-Ram might not be the worst thing in the world. Just make sure you have a viable back-up option. Analysis: Howard Bender