Yes he got a save the other day, but it came out after the game that he was just subbing in for Marmol, who had thrown a few innings the previous day. Lou Piniella said Samardzija would have a chance to close while Wood is out (below), but that's hardly a vote of confidence.
Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Jeff Samardzija will be in the mix for the closer's role as long as Kerry Wood remains unavailable with his slow-healing blister.
"Why not?" Piniella said Monday. We're going to pitch whoever is available, whoever is the freshest," Piniella said. "I've got three people I can throw out there in the closer's role. We can just rotate it around and throw the freshest arm."
So he MAY get the occassional save and have a K/9 average of around 8-9, but it just seems to me that there are always better options on the WW than this. Maybe there are just a bunch of Notre Dame fans playing on Yahoo...