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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 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

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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

Scott Merkin of writes that James Shields could be the White Sox Opening Day starter for the 2018 season.

That honor likely will go to Carlos Rodon if he is healthy, but there's a good chance he won't be ready for the start of the year after undergoing a shoulder procedure that ended his 2017 season in September. Shields, 36, posted a 5.23 ERA over 21 starts covering 117 innings last year, with a 103/53 K/BB ratio. The other options for Chicago would be Lucas Giolito or Reynaldo Lopez.
Jan 9 - 9:04 AM

James Shields has been shut down for the year due to soreness in both of his knees.

Shields was given platelet-rich plasma injections for the knee discomfort and will rest up for the final six days of the regular season. The 35-year-old right-hander finishes the 2017 campaign with a 5.23 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 103/53 K/BB ratio in 21 starts covering 117 innings. He's owed $21 million in 2018, with the Padres covering $11 million of it.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 05:23:00 PM

James Shields limited the Angels to two runs and four hits in seven innings to pick up a victory Monday.

Shields has been serviceable since dropping his arm angle last month, and he's now 3-2 with a 3.94 ERA in five starts during September. The old James Shields is never coming back, but this one looks less like a batting-practice pitcher and more like an adequate bottom-of-the-rotation guy. That's rather important, given that he still has one season left on his four-year, $75 million contract.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 11:55:00 PM

James Shields tossed seven innings of one-run ball Saturday as the White Sox dominated the Giants.

The only run he allowed came on a Nick Hundley solo homer in the top of the seventh inning. Shields gave up just one other hit while striking out five. He's now 3-6 on the season with a 5.40 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 83/46 K/BB ratio in 98 1/3 innings. Up next for the veteran right-hander is a road start against the Tigers.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 10:29:00 PM

James Shields (knee) said he expects to make his next scheduled start.

Shields was lifted from Monday's game against the Indians after getting struck in the right knee by a line drive, but he only suffered a minor bruise. The veteran right-hander holds a 5.72 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 17 starts this season with Chicago.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 05:30:00 PM

X-rays on James Shields' right knee came back negative.

Shields was hit by a Francisco Mejia liner during Monday's game against the Indians, but he managed to escape with only a bruise. He's considered day-to-day and will probably be fine for his next scheduled start this weekend at home versus the Giants.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 04:34:00 PM

James Shields was lifted from Monday's start against the Indians in the seventh inning after being struck in the right knee with a line drive.

Francisco Mejia sent a Shields offering right back where it came from hitting the pitcher on the side of the knee. Shields was lying on his back for a bit in pain but was able to limp off without any assistance. He wasn't long for the game, anyway, having already thrown 102 pitches. Shields might need some tests done, at which point the White Sox should have an update on his status. The veteran righty was charged with four runs on six hits and two walks over 6 1/3 frames before exiting.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 04:19:00 PM

James Shields surrendered two runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision effort versus the Rangers on Friday.

He made one mistake -- hanging a pitch that first baseman Mike Napoli yanked over the wall for a two-run homer. Shields whiffed six batters, walked three and allowed five hits in a rare good start. His ERA improves to 5.72 with a 1.57 WHIP in 14 starts. He has 64 strikeouts and 35 walks in 74 innings. His bygone days as an ace starter seem likely to stay in the rear-view mirror.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 12:54:00 AM

James Shields allowed three runs in six innings while punching out eight batters versus the Royals on Saturday.

He surrendered a solo shot to Eric Hosmer in the first inning and two more runs in the second. He settled down from there and stuck around long enough for a quality start. It was a rare solid game from the 12-year veteran. He has a 5.90 ERA and unhealthy 1.57 WHIP in 13 starts.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 10:52:00 PM

James Shields allowed four runs -- three earned -- in six innings and was charged with a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.

He gave up a pair of two-run bombs, one to Andrew Benintendi and one to Jackie Bradley Jr. Other than those two big mistakes he was solid by his shaky standards. He struck out six and walked one batter. Shields falls to 2-4 with a woeful 6.03 ERA in 12 starts.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 10:17:00 PM

James Shields struggled in a losing effort against the Cubs on Wednesday, giving up five runs (three earned) on five hits in four-plus innings of work.

Big Game James walked three and punched out four on the evening. He had allowed just one run through the first four innings, but the Cubs broke it open as the first four hitters reached to start the fifth inning, including a three-run double by Anthony Rizzo. Shields now owns a troublesome 5.86 ERA and 1.66 WHIP on the season. He’ll do battle against the Blue Jays his next time out and can continue to be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 12:19:00 AM

James Shields was knocked around for six runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday.

Shields didn’t factor into the decision. He gave up 10 hits (including a solo homer to Mike Moustakas) and walked three. He’s now allowed six runs in three out of his six starts since returning from the disabled list. His days of fantasy relevance appear numbered.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 01:07:00 AM

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