James Shields SP KC 2 Months

Shields didn't factor into the decision Thursday after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings in an eventual win over the A's.

Shields actually left trailing 3-2, but a five-run rally helped the Royals to their 18th win in 22 games. Nonetheless, it's his fifth straight quality start. He'll draw a home date with the Rockies on Tuesday.

James Shields SP KC 2 Months

Shields struck out five and walked one while tossing a complete game, four-hit shutout against the Giants on Saturday night.

While Shields only recorded four swinging-strikes in the outing, he consistently stayed ahead in the count (21-for-31 first-pitch strikes, 72 of his 109 pitches were strikes) and avoided costly mistakes. Shields will match up against the A's on Thursday in his next scheduled start.

James Shields SP KC 2 Months

Shields (10-6) was at his best in Sunday's victory over Oakland, allowing only four hits and two earned runs in eight innings of work.

James Shields SP KC 2 Months

James Shields walked four while allowing two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

Shields also yielded six hits, so he was somewhat fortunate to escape without more damage. Even with some of the blemishes, the start was Shields' fourth quality start in his last five outings. He's 1-2 in that stretch, though, and 9-6 overall. The right-hander will carry a 3.50 ERA into Sunday's start at the Athletics.

James Shields SP KC 2 Months

James Shields held the White Sox to one run in seven innings Wednesday in a 2-1 Royals victory.

Shields was left with a no-decision because the Kansas City offense didn't break through for the lead until the top of the ninth inning. But the right-hander pitched really well, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out seven White Sox batters. He'll carry a 3.58 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into his next start at home against the Twins.

James Shields SP KC 3 Months

James Shields held the Tigers to two runs over seven innings but took his fifth loss on Saturday.

Shields struck out eight and walked none in the sharp outing, but Kansas City's offense managed just one run of support. The right-hander heads into the All-Star break with a 9-5 record, 3.65 ERA, and 1.27 WHIP. He'll hope to be even better in the second half of 2014.

James Shields SP KC 3 Months

James Shields shut out the Rays for seven innings, striking out 10 batters, in the Royals' 6-0 win Monday.

Now that's more like it. It's just the second time this season that Shields has gone without allowing a run, and it was also his second double-digit strikeout game. Going into this one, he had allowed 16 earned runs and struck out just 14 over 25 innings in his last four starts. Obviously, the Royals are hoping for many more outings like this in the second half of the season.

James Shields SP KC 3 Months

James Shields struggled again on Tuesday, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits in five innings in a loss to the Twins.

The start marked the third straight start that Shields has allowed at least four earned runs, and he really hasn't been himself since mid-May. He's generating a career-low 8.5 percent swinging strike percentage, and his 1.33 WHIP through 17 starts would be his worst since a forgettable 2010 season. It's not clear what's wrong, and unless it's physical the Royals will continue to run him out every fifth day in hopes he figures it out on his own. Perhaps that will happen in Monday's start at his former team, the Rays.

James Shields SP KC 3 Months

James Shields battled through seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Shields clearly didn't have his best stuff -- he struck out just two on the evening -- but he managed to get through seven innings on intestinal fortitude, mostly. It's a small accomplishment for fantasy owners, who are still waiting for the return of the pitcher who had a 2.54 ERA on May 13. Shields now has a 3.79 ERA and 1.29 WHIP through 17 starts. He'll look to get back on track Monday at the Twins.

James Shields SP KC 3 Months

James Shields gave up five runs in seven innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Friday.

Big Game James was more Perseverance Game James on this occasion. He didn't have his best stuff on Friday night, but was able to scrap his way through seven innings. He allowed five runs on nine hits, striking out three. The big blows coming in the form of home runs by Mike Zunino and Logan Morrison. The Royals offense put up an actual Big Game, clawing out of a five-run hole and saving Shields from the loss, though the team eventually fell in the ninth to lose 7-5. Despite the stumble, Shields remains a solid fantasy option.