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Jeff Samardzija gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts against the Giants on Monday.
Samardzija was finally able to pick up his first win of the season on Monday, as he improved to 1-4 with a 1.68 ERA and 1.07 WHIP through his first 11 starts. He has been one of the best pitcher to take the mound in 2014 and now that he has found the win column, hopefully his great pitching can lead to much more in the future. The Cubs ace will look to start a win streak when he takes on the Brewers on Sunday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Jose Abreu was 0-for-4 on Saturday ending his seventeen game hitting streak.
During his seventeen hitting streak, Jose Abreu hit .318 and was only four short of his career high set last year in his rookie campaign. But he is now hitting .283 on the season and has fallen short on the power numbers so far this year. Abreu is hitting more ground balls (49.1%) this year yet his home run to fly ball ratio has fallen nine percentage points from 26.9 in 2014 to 17.1 this season. Since the whole offense has struggled, it is exacerbated when their best hitter is not hitting on all cylinders either. Abreu is solid, but maybe not worthy of the first round status he achieved after one season in the majors. Analysis: Greg Jewett