James ShieldsSP CWS 11 minutes ago
Shields (3-5) threw 7.2 shutout innings, allowed just four hits and four walks, and struck out five in a win Tuesday over the Cubs.
This was by far Shields's best start as a White Sox. It marked his first shutout outing and tied his White Sox highs for both strikeouts and innings pitched. He induced 14 swinging strikes in the process and managed to keep the ball in the yard while inducing 12 flyouts. He has now thrown six straight quality starts, so don't let his 5.17 ERA scare you away.
James ShieldsSP CWS 5 days ago
Shields (2-5) took another loss despite turning in six solid innings Thursday against Detroit. He allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four.
Both runs came home on solo homers in the fifth inning, and that was enough to sink Shields in this rain-shortened game. Shields has recovered impressively from the legendarily bad stretch that started his White Sox career, as he's now turned in five consecutive starts of six or more innings and two or fewer runs. However, the strikeouts still aren't there and he's still giving up plenty of homers, so it's hard to expect Shields to sustain this streak.
James ShieldsSP CWS 1 week ago
Shields was a tough-luck loser Saturday versus the Angels, allowing just one run with two strikeouts and two walks across eight strong innings.
Shields actually went the distance as the Angels did not bat in the ninth, and he needed just 91 pitches to get through eight frames. He did well to limit baserunners and was only scored upon via a groundout in the first inning, lowering his ERA to 1.91 over his last four starts. Shields seems to finally recaptured the formula that made him an effective innings-eater for San Diego earlier this season and he will look to continue his recent success Thursday against the Tigers.
James ShieldsSP CWS 2 weeks ago
Shields was a tough-luck loser Sunday versus Atlanta, allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks across 7.2 strong innings. He struck out two.
Shields was rather efficient and needed just 93 pitches as he lasted into the eighth inning, but a pair of solo home runs against and a red-hot counterpart in Mike Foltenywicz handed him his first loss in four starts. After a beginning to his White Sox career that was nothing short of disastrous, Shields has turned in three consecutive quality starts and will look to build on his recent success after the All-Star break.
James ShieldsSP CWS 3 weeks ago
Shields held the Yankees to two runs on five hits in six innings Monday to earn his second win of the season.
The Yankees' Chase Headley hit a two-run home run off Shields in the second, but then he kept them off the board after that. Shields has settled down a bit after beginning his White Sox tenure with a historically-bad three-start stretch. He has been an average-ish pitcher over his last three starts, with two wins, a 3.06 ERA and 11 K's in 17.2 innings.
James ShieldsSP CWS 4 weeks ago
Shields (1-2) gave up eight hits but just an earned run and a walk over 6.2 innings in Wednesday's 9-6 victory over the Twins. He struck out five.
The veteran righty, who sports an overall 3-9 record on the season when factoring in the Padres portion of his campaign, needed this one in the worst way. Shields had pretty much been catastrophic over his first three trips to the mound with Chicago, yielding 24 hits and 22 runs (21 earned) over 8.2 innings. He parted the dark clouds a bit against the Red Sox of all offenses in his last start on June 23, and really seemed to hit his stride Wednesday. He fired 61 of 93 pitches for strikes, while notching first-pitch strikes on 17 of 27 hitters. The last pair of outings are certainly a step in the right direction, and he'll try to build on them when he faces the Yankees on Monday.
James ShieldsSP CWS 1 month ago
Shields gave up three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three over five innings against the Red Sox on Thursday.
Although this was not a good outing by any definition, it actually qualifies as Shields' best in four starts since coming over to the White Sox. Any improvement over "legendarily terrible" has to be appreciated by the Chicago fans as well as any desperate fantasy owner stuck with Shields. With an agonizing 9:17 K:BB in his last five starts and a 6.22 ERA for the season, Shields' greatest fantasy value at this point may lie in helping his fantasy owners tank for next year.
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Shields (0-2) allowed eight runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two over 1.2 innings to take the loss Saturday at the Indians.
Shields couldn't have been much worse, as he allowed 10 baserunners while only retiring five batters. He's now allowed 21 earned runs in his 8.2 innings of work with the White Sox to give him a ridiculous 21.81 ERA. He'll make his next start Thursday at the Red Sox.
James ShieldsSP CWS 1 month ago
Shields allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in five innings Monday, but he did not factor into the decision against the Tigers.
He now has a 16.71 ERA and 3.29 WHIP through the first seven innings of his White Sox career. Ouch. If a silver lining is to be had, it can be seen in the fact that Shields did not allow a run over his final two innings of work Monday. The Sox are going to give him a fairly long leash after trading for him last week, so expect to see him out there Sunday against the Indians.
James ShieldsSP CWS 2 months ago
Shields (2-8) was bombed for seven runs on eight hits and two walks in just two innings Wednesday against Washington, taking the loss in his White Sox debut.
Since he was annihilated in his final start as a Padre, Shields now owns a simply disgraceful pitching line of 17 runs -- all earned -- on 16 hits in his last 4.2 innings. Over that span, averaging more than a walk (six) and a homer (five) per inning. If White Sox fans thought Jeff Samardzija was a disaster for their club in 2015, they're really in for an unpleasant surprise with Shields, whose stuff is not going to play well in homer-friendly U.S. Cellular Field.