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James Shields | Starting Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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James Shields pitched well in earning a no-decision against the Marlins on Sunday, yielding two runs on five hits over six innings.
Shields struck out four and walked two in the contest. Both runs against him scored in the first inning, when he allowed an RBI double to Miguel Rojas and a sacrifice fly to Derek Dietrich. The veteran right-hander boasts a 3.74 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 152/49 K/BB ratio in 139 2/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a home outing against the Phillies. Aug 2 - 4:27 PM

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James Shields allowed three runs in seven innings, taking a loss on Tuesday versus the Mets.

Shields allowed a two-run home run to Lucas Duda in the first inning, then got his act together and kept the Mets scoreless the rest of the way. He took the mound to begin the eighth, but allowed a leadoff double to Juan Lagares before being lifted. Shawn Kelly then allowed a two-run home run to Curtis Granderson. Shields yielded seven hits overall, walked none, and struck out four. A candidate to be moved by the July 31 trade deadline, the right-hander has a 3.77 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a 148/47 K/BB ratio over 133 2/3 innings. He'll match up with the Marlins in Miami next.
Jul 28 - 9:41 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, some teams believe James Shields would go unclaimed on waivers in August.

The reason being is that Shields still three years and $65 million on his contract. While the veteran right-hander could be traded by Friday's trade deadline, a deal could still happen in August.
Jul 28 - 10:52 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Padres are pushing hard to deal some of their large contracts before the trade deadline.

The team is already likely to move impending free agents Justin Upton, Will Venable and Ian Kennedy, but according to league sources they're trying everything they can to move James Shields, Andrew Cashner and Craig Kimbrel as well. Look for A.J. Preller to be a very busy man this week.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 26 - 10:35 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark was told by rival clubs that the Padres "really want to move" James Shields and Andrew Cashner.

They're listening on Tyson Ross, as well, but Ross is cheaper and under team control through 2017, so the club is probably more inclined to hang on to him. Ian Kennedy has been mentioned in trade rumors, too, as far as the Padres' rotation goes. Shields, 33, is in the first season of a four-year, $75 million contract and has posted a 3.77 ERA with 144 strikeouts over 126 2/3 innings this season. Cashner holds a 4.10 ERA with 97 whiffs over 109 2/3 frames and is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter.
Jul 24 - 12:21 PM

James Shields struck out seven over five scoreless innings but didn't factor in the decision Wednesday against the Giants.

Shields left with a tenuous 1-0 lead that quickly went away, saddling him with a no-decision. He allowed just three hits while walking three in the outing. Missing out on the victory means Shields remains 8-3 with a 3.77 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 144/47 K/BB ratio through 21 starts. An attractive matchup at the Mets on Tuesday is up next.
Jul 22 - 7:04 PM

James Shields held the Rockies to one run over five innings in improving to 8-3 on Friday.

Shields allowed seven hits and walked four, but only Charlie Blackmon's homer did any damage at all. Still, this isn't the kind of outing that's going to help his trade value at all should the Padres seek to move him. The victory was his first since June 3.
Jul 18 - 1:36 AM

According to Peter Gammons, the Padres have spoken to other clubs to gauge the possible trade interest in James Shields.

The Padres currently sit at 39-49, eight and a half games behind the Dodgers in the National League West and would have to jump several clubs to get in Wild Card contention. The 33-year-old right-hander is in the first year of a four-year, $75 million contract and would be difficult to move unless the Padres were willing to eat some salary in the deal.
Jul 11 - 9:04 AM

James Shields allowed only two hits and a lone unearned run in seven innings, but took a no-decision as the Padres lost a pitcher's duel to the Pirates on Monday.

The lone run came around in the second inning when Andrew McCutchen doubled and later scored on a Yangervis Solarte throwing error. Along with two mere hits, Shields walked one and struck out three. The effort deflates his ERA to 3.88 with a 1.27 WHIP and a 126/36 K/BB ratio in 111 1/3 innings. Shields will close out the first half with a road match-up against the Rangers.
Jul 6 - 10:42 PM

James Shields allowed two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mariners.

Shields didn't pitch horribly, fanning seven and yielding only four hits in a start that lasted into the seventh, but he was thoroughly out-dueled by Mariners youngster Taijuan Walker. Shields now stands 7-3 with a 4.14 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 123/35 K/BB ratio in 104 1/3 innings this season. He'll get the Pirates on the road next.
Jul 1 - 6:51 PM

James Shields was slaughtered in Thursday’s loss to the Giants, surrendering seven runs on nine hits in his four-plus innings of work.

The small silver lining for fantasy owners is that he was able to rack up seven strikeouts on the afternoon while walking two. It was Shields’ worst start as a member of the Padres and his shortest outing since August of 2013. Now 7-2 on the season, the veteran right-hander will carry a 4.24 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 116/31 K/BB ratio into Wednesday’s start against the Mariners.
Jun 25 - 7:06 PM

James Shields was handed his first loss of the season Friday against the Diamondbacks after giving up four runs in six innings.

Shields had gone 14 starts without a loss going into Friday's action, but a three-run third inning (which included a passed ball from Derek Norris) did him in. He gave up eight hits and a season-high four walks while striking out five. Shields has a 3.75 ERA and 109/29 K/BB ratio over 93 2/3 innings this season and has done a better job keeping the ball in the ballpark of late. He'll attempt to get back in the win column next week against the Giants on the road.
Jun 20 - 2:58 PM

James Shields allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Braves.

Shields was rolling along, having allowed just three hits over five scoreless innings, before the wheels fell off in the sixth. An error in the inning didn't help, but Shields also gave up four hits, walked a batter and threw a wild pitch in the five-run frame. It was a rare poor start for the right-hander, who remains undefeated on the year with the no-decision. He'll take a 3.79 ERA and 1.23 WHIP into Sunday's matchup with the Dodgers.
Jun 10 - 12:16 AM

James Shields held the Mets to two runs on six hits and struck out four over seven innings in Wednesday's 7-3 victory.

He walked two. Shields has begun his San Diego career 7-0 with a 3.58 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. The right-hander is pitching slightly better than his career marks, not entirely surprising because he's now calling Petco home. What's shocking is the strikeouts (92 in 73-plus innings). Shields hasn't notched 200 strikeouts since 2012, but he's currently on pace for 271. Hey, whatever works.
Jun 4 - 12:00 AM

James Shields pitched well in a win over the Dodgers on Sunday, striking out seven and allowing three runs over seven innings.

Shields was the benefactor of an early barrage of runs by his offensive mates. He was up 4-0 after the first inning, 8-0 after the second and 9-0 after the third. Suffice it to say, Big Game James did not end up the losing pitcher. The Dodgers finally managed some traction against Shields in the seventh inning, scoring on a double-play and a two-run homer by Alex Guerrero, but these were just cosmetic runs and had no actual bearing on the 11-3 final score. Shields now holds a 3.75 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and a shiny 82/17 K/BB ratio across 62 1/3 innings. He hasn't posted a 200-strikeout season since 2012, but that's definitely in play if he keeps fanning batters at his current rate. A home date with the Pirates is next on the schedule for Shields.
May 24 - 7:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Wil Myers
2Melvin Upton
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Brandon Morrow
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Marcos Mateo
7Kevin Quackenbush
8Marc Rzepczynski