The beginning of the 2014 season has been historic for Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, but in ways neither he nor the Cubs would like.
Samardzija picked up a no-decision in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees at Wrigley Field. His record held at 0-4, and he lowered his ERA from 1.62 to a major-league best 1.46.
According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau and reported Thursday by the Cubs, Samardzija's 1.46 ERA is the lowest for pitcher without a win through the first 10 starts of a season by any pitcher in major-league history.
Elias also reports that Samardzija is the first pitcher to lead his league in ERA on May 22 or later without a win since Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter led the National League with a 0.89 ERA on June 7, 1977. Sutter was with the Cubs then.
After Wednesday's game, Samardzija has a 16-start winless streak. He has a 2.99 ERA during the streak, during which he is 0-6 with 10 no decisions. During this stretch, he has allowed no earned runs in 4 starts, 1 earned run or fewer in 7 starts and 2 earned runs or fewer in 10 starts. As a team, the Cubs are 2-14 in the outings.
The Cubs are in San Diego this weekend. Samardzija's last win came at Petco Park a 3-2 win against the Padres last Aug. 24.
Bryant keeps hitting:
Top prospect Kris Bryant, the Cubs' first-round draft choice last year, continued his impressive hitting Thursday for Class AA Tennessee.
In a 6-5 victory over Mobile, Bryant went 3-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI. For the season, Bryant has a line of .335/.431/.623 for an OPS of 1.054. He has 12 home runs and 40 RBI.
Also at Tennessee, Mobile's Jon Griffin tied a Southern League record Wednesday by hitting 4 home runs in a 17-7 victory. Griffin drove in 7.