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Jeff Samardzija had the third-best season of his career

32 GS, 181.1 IP, 140 K, 49 BB, 28 HR, 1.11 WHIP, 3.52 ERA, 4.59 FIP, 4.40 DRA, 119 ERA+

Without Jeff Samardzija, the Giants would’ve been much worse in 2019.

The first month of the season saw the team itself along with most of the personnel trying to figure things out. Madison Bumgarner hadn’t quite gotten his velocity back and he was still trying to regain command of his secondary pitches. Healthy, sure, but not the morale-boosting, mound-dominant force he’d grow back into starting in May. In the meantime, the Giants could really only rely on Jeff Samardzija to start a game and keep them in it.