Jeff Samardzija looked like his old self in his first Spring Training start last week but the Giants and Brewers tied. The Shark pitched 2 scoreless innings and allowed just 1 hit, 1 walk and struck out 1 batter. Today he faces an NL West foe in the Diamondbacks, a team in which he was 1-1 in 4 starts last year with a 4.57 ERA totaling just 12 strikeouts. Arizona hit .268 off Samardzija with 4 homers, tied for the most he allowed vs any team. Throughout his career, the University of Notre Dame alum has faced them 21 times and is 4-5 and a 4.21 ERA.
Arizona will again not put former Giant Madison Bumgarner on the hill against his former club. Manager Torey Lovulo will instead start Merrill Kelly for the 2nd time this Spring after pitching just 1.1 innings in his Spring debut. He allowed 2 runs off 3 hits with a walk out of the bullpen in Arizona's huge 16-3 loss to the A's last week. He was 13-14 last season with a 4.42 ERA including going 2-1 in 4 starts against San Francisco with 20 strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA.
First pitch is at 12:10pm