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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 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

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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

James Shields got a no-decision, giving up two runs in seven innings as the Padres eked out a win on Tuesday against the Cubs.

Both runs scored on solo home runs in the third inning when Chris Coghlan and Dexter Fowler went deep. Shields allowed only six hits on the night along with one walk while striking out 11. With the effort, the right-hander lowered his ERA to 3.74 and carries a 1.25 WHIP with a 75/16 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings. He has a date with the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine next.
May 20 - 1:03 AM

James Shields held the Mariners to one run on six hits and struck out nine over six innings in Wednesday's 4-2 victory.

The big-ticket offseason import has started his Padres career 5-0. He leads the National League with 64 strikeouts. Shields has had a problem with the long ball, surrendering 12 (one tonight), which has inflated his ERA (3.91). He won't keep giving up home runs at this rate, but you also shouldn't count on him continuing to strike out batters at this clip. Shields rolls out the red carpet for the Cubs in San Diego next time around.
May 14 - 1:14 AM

Despite yielding four homers, James Shields improved to 4-0 in Friday's defeat of the Diamondbacks.

The homers accounted for a total of five runs, which was all of the damage against Shields through six innings. Fortunately, the offense picked him up once again. He's yet to lose this season, even though he's sporting a 4.25 ERA.
May 9 - 2:02 AM

James Shields served up three home runs against the Rockies on Sunday and still wound up with a victory despite allowing five runs on nine hits over his 5 1/3 innings.

Shields punched out seven on the afternoon and didn't issue a free pass. Charlie Blackmon got him for a solo homer in the first inning and Nolan Arenado would add a pair of long balls before his day was through. Even with the rough outing, "Big Game" James has acclimated himself nicely to the Padres, registering a 3.72 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 48/9 K/BB ratio across 36 1/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Diamondbacks next in Arizona on Friday.
May 3 - 7:43 PM

James Shields got a no-decision, allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings as the Padres lost 9-4 to the Astros on Monday.

Shields was terrific, finishing the night with 12 strikeouts. The Padres scored their first run against him in the fourth inning when Jed Lowrie smacked a solo home run. They scored two more in the fifth, helped in part by a fielding error by shortstop Alexi Amarista. Shields limited the Astros to just six hits and a walk. He's sitting with a productive 2.90 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 41/9 K/BB ratio in 31 innings. Shields will go for his third win of the season in a home start against the Rockies next.
Apr 28 - 1:55 AM

James Shields allowed four runs -- three earned -- over six innings to pick up a win in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

Shields ruined Kris Bryant Day by striking out the wunderkind swinging all three times they faced. He punched out a total of nine on the day, giving up five hits while walking a pair. Shields and Padres were down 4-2 when the righty was pinch-hit for, but Wil Myers saved the day with a three-run blast. The right-hander will carry a 2.84 ERA into a tough matchup in Colorado next week.
Apr 17 - 5:46 PM

James Shields held the Giants to one run and three hits over seven innings in winning Saturday.

Shields struck out seven in his first win as a member of the Padres. The only damage against him was, surprisingly enough, a Joaquin Arias homer. He'll carry a 2.08 ERA into his start against the Cubs in Chicago on Friday.
Apr 12 - 2:49 AM

James Shields took a no-decision on Opening Day, yielding two runs in six innings as the Padres lost 6-3 to the Dodgers.

Both runs came in the fourth inning on an Adrian Gonzalez solo home run and a Carl Crawford RBI double. Shields allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out eight in total on the afternoon. The right-hander will get the Giants at home when he takes the mound next.
Apr 6 - 8:08 PM

James Shields twirled a trio of scoreless innings in his final start of the spring Wednesday against the White Sox.

Shields looked regular season-ready, yielding only three hits without issuing a walk and striking out two. In Cactus League play, Shields allowed six earned runs in 19 1/3 innings with a 23/5 K/BB ratio. He now has the unenviable task of facing Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw on Opening Day.
Apr 1 - 6:43 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
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
6Frank Garces