James Shields SP SD 2 months ago

Shields (7-3) allowed four runs on five hits, with four walks and five strikeouts over 5.1 innings in a no-decision against Texas on Saturday.

The normally accurate Shields tied a season high with four walks and served up two home runs to first baseman Mitch Moreland. The 33-year-old's ERA has ballooned to over 4.00 for the first time since 2010, and the culprit for his decline in effectiveness is a career-high 3.09 BB/9. The spike in walks has coincided with a career-best 10.11 K/9, so at least the veteran has compensated for a decline in control by drawing more swings and misses. Shields is 0-3 in his last seven starts after starting off the season 7-0, but the upcoming All-Star break should give the righty a chance to regroup and find his early season form.

James Shields SP SD 2 months ago

Shields pitched very well in a no-decision, allowing just one unearned run in seven innings against the Pirates.

Shields allowed just two hits and walked one in the dominant start. The righty has had a bit of a down season after carrying the Royals to the World Series last year, posting a 3.88 ERA with one start left before the All-Star break. That final start will come this weekend against the Rangers.

James Shields SP SD 2 months ago

Shields (7-3) was stuck with a loss despite pitching fairly well Wednesday against the Mariners, as he allowed just two runs on four hits over 6.2 innings, striking out seven and walking four.

Robinson Cano has been coming alive for the Mariners, and he was the only one who was really able to get to Shields, accounting for both runs on a solo homer and an RBI single. Despite a huge spike in his strikeout rate, Shields has been a bit of a dud in his first season with the Padres, as his ratios (4.14 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) are well worse than what we've come to expect from him. He'll rebound in time, but Shields needs to get his control in line -- it's been shaky recently, as he's walked 13 in his last four starts. Shields next draws the Pirates on Monday.

James Shields SP SD 2 months ago

Shields (7-2) allowed seven runs on nine hits in four plus innings against the Giants on Thursday. He struck out seven and walked two.

The seven runs he allowed was his most since June of last year and the four innings he pitched was his shortest outing of the season. Shields has now lost two straight starts after starting the season 7-0. The 33-year-old will look to bounce back in his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Mariners.

James Shields SP SD 2 months ago

Shields (7-1) allowed four runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out five in a 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Walks continue to haunt Shields, as he's handing out passes at a career-high rate. He's also giving up homers at a career-high rate, so it's amazing that it took Shields this long to record his first loss for the underachieving Padres. If he can't maintain his strikeout rate (also a career high), he might be a good candidate to sell high on at this point, considering his high WHIP and weak peripherals. Shields will make his next start in San Francisco on Thursday.

James Shields SP SD 2 months ago

Shields allowed just one run across seven innings Sunday against the Dodgers, striking out six and walking three. He did not factor into the decision.

The right-hander, who scattered five hits on the day, needed just 86 pitches to make it through seven frames and was only scored upon via solo home run. Shields was in position to win the game when he was removed, but a late Dodgers surge took the game into extras and ruined his chances of moving to 8-0. He will take a 3.59 ERA and a 10.8 K/9 into Friday's start against the Diamondbacks.

James Shields SP SD 3 months ago

Shields allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk over 5.1 innings Tuesday. He also struck out six.

Shields cruised through the first five innings before an error and two challenged plays led to five runs (four earned) in the sixth inning. He did not factor into the decision as Atlanta took the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Shields will face the Dodgers at home on Sunday.

James Shields SP SD 3 months ago

Shields pitched seven solid innings Wednesday, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four in a win over the Mets.

Shields (7-0) cruised through the first five innings, permitting just one runner to reach second base. With the victory, Shields set his personal best for consecutive wins to start a season since he began 6-0 with Tampa Bay in 2006. The veteran righty will look to continue that streak in his next scheduled start Tuesday at Atlanta.

James Shields SP SD 3 months ago

Shields delivered six strong innings Friday against the Pirates, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out six in the no-decision.

Shields was actually in position to lose when he left the game, but the Padres rallied in the seventh. The veteran righty's numbers are still more inflated than you'd expect from a top-flight starter pitching half his games at Petco, but they're bound to come down over time.

James Shields SP SD 3 months ago

Shields moved to 6-0 on Sunday as he allowed three runs and struck out seven in seven strong innings against the Dodgers.

After cruising through six innings, Shields got into a bit of trouble in the seventh, when he allowed a run on a bases-loaded double-play which was followed by a Alex Guerrero home run. He still managed to deliver his eighth quality start in ten tries and will face the Pirates in his next start on Friday.