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James Shields | Starting Pitcher | #33

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 212
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 16 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details
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James Shields pitched respectably in Wednesday's no-decision against the Giants, surrendering two runs on five hits over six innings.
Shields struck out six and walked one on the afternoon. RBI singles by Kelby Tomlinson and Matt Duffy in the second and sixth innings, respectively, accounted for the scoring on the veteran right-hander's line. He will carry a 3.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 56/23 K/BB ratio (64 2/3 innings) into his next scheduled start, a road date with the Mariners. May 25 - 7:09 PM

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James Shields fell to 2-6 in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering three runs (two earned) on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Shields has pitched better than that dismal 2-6 record. On Thursday, the Giants knocked him for solitary runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings. Alas, Giants starter Jeff Samardzija was just a touch better. For the season, the artist formerly known as Big Game James holds a 3.07 ERA, 1.33 ERA and 50/22 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings (nine starts). There is no shame in owning him in most formats. He will have another crack at the Giants next time he toes the rubber.
May 20 - 12:23 AM

James Shields struck out nine over seven scoreless innings as the Padres shut out the Brewers 3-0 on Thursday.

Shields hasn't inspired a ton of confidence among fantasy owners this year, but reports of his death appear to be greatly exaggerated. The right-hander scattered seven hits and a walk in his seven innings, and his nine punchouts were a season high. The win was just his second of the season but improved his ERA to 3.12 through eight starts. He'll attempt to keep rolling Wednesday against the Giants.
May 13 - 12:34 AM

James Shields couldn't quite manage a quality start in Saturday's loss to the Mets, allowing four runs on five hits over six innings.

Shields had issues hitting the strike zone and walked five over his six innings of work. He also struck out eight. All four runs on his line came via the home run, with Yoenis Cespedes burning him for a two-run shot in the first inning and opposing starter Bartolo Colon doing likewise one frame later. The veteran Shields lacks sex appeal, but makes for a dependable back-of-the-rotation arm in deeper mixed leagues. He will carry a 3.60 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into his next start, a road date with the Brewers.
May 7 - 11:50 PM

James Shields picked up his first win of the year after allowing one run in six innings Monday against the Rockies.

Shields gave up nine hits, but once Nick Hundley's RBI double in the fourth went for extra bases. He walked two and struck out five. Shields has a solid 3.23 ERA after five starts, though he still doesn't look like a great bet in mixed leagues going forward.
May 3 - 1:23 AM

James Shields took the tough luck loss in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Giants, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings.

In just about any other match-up, Shields' effort would have been more than enough for a win. Unfortunately, he was facing off with Johnny Cueto, who one-upped him by tossing a complete game shutout. The only run to score in the game came when Denard Span hit an RBI double off Shields in the fifth. The veteran might hold an 0-4 record, but he has pitched to a respectable 3.55 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 21/13 K/BB ratio across 33 innings. He will attempt to scoop up his first victory when he tangos with the Rockies in his next scheduled start.
Apr 27 - 1:13 AM

James Shields hurled a quality start in Thursday's loss to the Pirates, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings.

If nothing else, Shields is a consistent pitcher. In four starts, he has allowed at least two -- but no more than four -- runs in every outing. On Thursday, he surrendered an RBI single to Josh Harrison in the second inning, then yielded another RBI single to Harrison in the fourth. Harrison would come around to score on a Shields wild pitch. For the evening, he struck out five and walked two. The veteran right-hander holds a 4.15 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 19/3 K/BB ratio in 26 innings. There is no shame in owning him in deeper leagues, though his mixed league value is middling at best. Shields will look to pick up his first victory of the 2016 campaign and improve off an 0-3 record when he takes to the road to face the Giants in his next start.
Apr 22 - 12:27 AM

James Shields allowed two runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks.

It was a better outing for Shields, but he still has an 0-2 record to show for it. He's already given up four homers in 20 innings this season, so it doesn't appear that last year's big spike there is a fluke.
Apr 16 - 2:54 AM

James Shields struggled in a losing effort against the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday, surrendering four runs on six hits over seven innings.

Shields walked two and struck out two on the afternoon. Giving up the long ball was once again his undoing in this one, as Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn each tagged him for solo shots. Shields will look to improve upon his 4.85 ERA when he takes on the Diamondbacks at home on Friday.
Apr 10 - 6:55 PM

James Shields pitched adequately in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, yielding three runs on six hits over six innings.

Shields struck out six and walked one during his evening's work. The veteran right-hander surrendered all three runs on his line in the fourth inning, with a two-run triple by Yasiel Puig counting as the big hit in the frame. While Shields isn't the sexiest fantasy option, he is at least a workhorse, having tossed 200 or more innings in each of the last nine seasons. He finished the 2015 campaign with a 3.91 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 216/81 K/BB ratio across 202 1/3 innings. A road showdown with the Phillies shows next on his schedule.
Apr 6 - 12:58 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Padres have had discussions with a few teams about a potential trade of James Shields.

Heyman says the Orioles are one club known to have had talks with the Padres. He also says the Red Sox have talked to the Padres about starting pitching and Shields is a "logical" target. Shields posted a disappointing 3.91 ERA last season in his first year with the Padres, but he also logged 200 innings for a ninth straight campaign and had a career-best 9.6 K/9 rate. The veteran right-hander still has three years and $63 million left of his contract.
Mar 25 - 2:04 PM

James Shields surrendered four runs (two earned) over 4 1/3 innings against the Reds on Monday.

The only hit he gave up was a two-run homer by Joey Votto. Shields walked three batters and struck out five, so he was at 76 pitches when he came out of the game in the fifth inning. He was hit in the back of his leg by a comebacker during the start, but he said after the game that he’s fine. The 34-year-old is looking to rebound after posting a 3.91 ERA in his first season with the Padres.
Mar 22 - 8:43 AM

James Shields was roughed up for four runs in 2 2/3 innings by the White Sox on Friday.

Shields held the White Sox scoreless over the first two innings before giving up home runs to Leury Garcia, Jimmy Rollins, and Jose Abreu in the third. Despite making half of his starts in San Diego, the veteran right-hander tied for the major league lead with 33 homers allowed last season.
Mar 11 - 6:56 PM

James Shields struck out four batters over two scoreless innings Sunday as the Padres beat the A's.

It was a promising spring debut for the veteran right-hander, who delivered 24 of his 33 pitches for strikes. Shields did give up two hits, but they were both singles. He surrendered the most home runs (33) in the majors last year and finished with his worst ERA (3.91) since 2010. San Diego still owes him $65 million.
Mar 6 - 7:31 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the "feeling among a few executives" is that the Padres won't look to move James Shields until the trade deadline.

Shields allowed a league-leading 33 home runs last season. That stat is especially alarming because 16 of his 33 starts came at the famously pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Shields will need to put together a strong first half to rebuild his trade value. The right-hander is entering the second year of a four-year contract.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 13 - 4:17 PM

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