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James Shields | Starting Pitcher | #33

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 16 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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James Shields surrendered just one run on three hits over 7 1/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Thursday's win over the Rangers.
Entering action on Thursday evening, Shields owned a bloated 5.44 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. He didn't pitch like that versus the Rangers, keeping the road team off balance -- eight strikeouts -- throughout his 7 1/3 innings of work. Only an RBI single by Shin-Soo Choo in the third inning marred the scoreboard on his watch. It was a fantastic showing. Making matters all the more fun, opposing starter Doug Fister was game for a high-noon showdown and turned in seven shutout frames. Neither player received a decision, thanks to an eighth-inning bullpen meltdown by the Rangers. Shields is not a pitcher to be trusted for fantasy purposes, but for what it's worth, he has now allowed three or fewer runs in three of his last four outings. He'll try to continue to claw his way back toward respectability in a home start with the Orioles next time he takes to the mound. May 17 - 11:12 PM

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James Shields wasn't at his best in Saturday's loss to the Cubs, surrendering five runs on seven hits over his six innings of work.

Big Game James struck out four while walking three on a rainy afternoon in Chicago. The Cubs jumped on him from the get-go in this one, striking for four runs in the first inning, three on homer from Anthony Rizzo before Shields had recorded an out. He'll carry a 5.44 ERA and 1.38 WHIP into Friday's start against the Rangers.
May 12 - 8:01 PM

James Shields gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings on Sunday in a no decision against the Twins on Sunday.

Shields reminded us of the Big Game James version we saw a few years ago, as he had a no-hitter going through the first six against the Twins. Unfortunately, the seventh inning reminded us of why that moniker no longer applies. He does lower his ERA in this one, but it still sits at a less than healthy 5.17 on the year. His next scheduled start is on Sunday against the Cubs in Wrigley Field.
May 6 - 6:11 PM

James Shields tossed six frames of one-run ball but had to settle for a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Shields served up a long solo home run to Tommy Pham to lead off the bottom of the first inning, but he yielded only an infield single after that, striking out four and not walking anyone. The veteran right-hander had given up 11 runs over his previous two outings. He'll face the Twins at home Sunday.
May 1 - 11:30 PM

James Shields scattered six hits and four runs over six innings Wednesday in the White Sox’s loss to the Mariners.

Shields racked up four strikeouts and also issued four free passes. Shields retired the Mariners in order in the first and second innings but came undone in the third, allowing two runs on three hits in the frame. He had a hard time putting away Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino, who combined to go 4-for-6 with a homer and three RBI against the right-hander. Chicago’s Opening Day starter has struggled to a 6.14 ERA in six outings including five starts this season. He’ll take a 1-3 record into his next start Tuesday at St. Louis.
Apr 25 - 6:16 PM

James Shields was smoked for seven runs in 5 1/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Astros on Friday.

The Astros put on a hit parade in the fourth inning, scoring five times in the frame. Shields yielded eight hits total plus four walks while fanning four batters in yet another poor outing. He threw 111 pitches in this one after throwing 28 pitches in relief two days ago. It's been a long time since he was a fantasy-worthy pitcher and even longer since his days as an ace. He falls to 1-2 with a 6.17 ERA on the season.
Apr 21 - 12:54 AM

James Shields will start on Friday against the Astros.

Shields took the loss while making a relief appearance in the 14th inning of Wednesday's game against the A's, but he threw just 28 pitches and has apparently told manager Rick Renteria he's good to take his regular turn. The club had considered using Lucas Giolito on Friday, but he'll remain Saturday's starter.
Apr 20 - 2:38 PM

James Shields took the loss against Oakland on Wednesday, allowing two hits, two walks and an earned run in 2/3 of an inning.

With Chicago’s bullpen running on fumes—starter Carson Fulmer only lasted an inning—the Pale Hose summoned Shields to pitch the 14th inning. This marked the right-hander’s first relief appearance since 2010. He fared poorly, loading the bases before serving up a game-ending single to Matt Olson with two outs. The right-hander had been slated to start Friday’s series opener against Houston but could have his turn skipped or pushed back after throwing 28 pitches on Wednesday.
Apr 18 - 9:44 PM

James Shields surrendered four hits and one run over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in the White Sox’s win over the Rays.

He finished the game with six strikeouts and five walks. Shields’ command was spotty—he walked the bases loaded in the first inning and only threw 59 of his 100 pitches for strikes. Despite this, the Rays never mounted much of a threat against him, only beating Shields for one run on the afternoon. That came on C.J. Cron’s RBI double in the fifth inning. Shields remains undefeated, though he’s faced a pretty gentle slate with starts against Tampa, Detroit and Kansas City. He’ll get the ball again Monday night in Oakland.
Apr 11 - 7:17 PM

James Shields gave up three runs in five innings during a no decision on Thursday in his start against the Tigers.

Shields gave up eight hits, and he walked one while striking out just one. This is essentially what you're going to get from Shields every night, and there's not much fantasy value in it. He's back on the mound Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
Apr 5 - 9:44 PM

James Shields allowed four runs over six innings in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

Shields gave up five hits and a walk in his six innings, with a Lucas Duda three-run shot in the first inning counting as the big blow against him. Shields got the Opening Day nod from manager Rick Renteria but it shouldn't be taken as an indication of his current pitching ability. He's not good. The 36-year-old will take on the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Mar 29 - 11:37 PM

James Shields spun three scoreless innings against the Mariners on Friday.

In his final tuneup for Opening Day, Shields gave up three hits while walking none and striking out three. It was nice to see after he was knocked around for seven runs over 3 2/3 innings last time out, but he’s still far off the fantasy radar at this point in his career.
Mar 23 - 10:13 PM

James Shields was crushed by the Athletics on Sunday, surrendering seven runs on eight hits over his 3 2/3 innings of work.

Big Game James walked two and struck out four on the afternoon. He served up two long balls in this one, a solo shot to Matt Joyce in the first inning and a three-run blast to Sheldon Neuse in the third. He sports a 9.39 ERA in Cactus League play, but isn't a bit concerned and feels he'll be fine on Opening Day.
Mar 18 - 10:05 PM

The White Sox announced Saturday that James Shields will start on Opening Day against the Royals.

The 36-year-old right-hander posted a 5.23 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 103/53 K/BB ratio in 117 innings for the White Sox in 2017. While he's far from the ace that he once was, he's the best that the White Sox have to offer at the moment, which says a lot about the club's chances of competing in 2018.
Mar 17 - 2:49 PM

James Shields pitched well against the Rangers on Thursday, allowing just one run in four innings pitched in his Cactus League debut.

The only blemish for Shields in this one was a solo homer from Juan Centeno in the third inning. Now 36, the days of the right-hander being "Big Game James" are now all but assuredly gone, and pitching in Chicago along with playing with one of the worst teams in the American League doesn't help. Despite being the likely opening day starter, there just isn't much value here anymore.
Mar 8 - 4:54 PM

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