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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 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

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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

Padres manager Bud Black officially named James Shields as the team's Opening Day starter.

The move doesn't come as a major surprise, as the 33-year-old hurler was signed this winter to be the ace of the Padres staff. His fantasy value continues to rise as he's pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park.
Mar 28 - 12:42 PM

James Shields had a rough outing against the Rockies on Friday, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits over his 4 1/3 innings.

Big Game James punched out five on the evening and walked one. It was the roughest start of the spring for the 33-year-old hurler, who still sports a respectable 3.31 ERA and outstanding 21/5 K/BB ratio across 16 1/3 innings. With his move to the National League and the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park, he has been a very popular commodity on fantasy draft boards this spring.
Mar 28 - 1:36 AM

James Shields held the Cubs hitless -- and scoreless -- over five innings on Sunday.

It was a pitcher's duel, as Jason Hammel matched Shields blow-for-blow. Shields walked two and struck out six in the effort, lowering his spring ERA to 2.25. The right-hander has a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 12 innings so far, looking quite ready to start the regular season with his new club.
Mar 22 - 7:20 PM

James Shields was hit hard in Tuesday's Cactus League start against the Brewers, surrendering four runs (three earned) on three hits and a pair of walks over three innings of work.

On the plus side, he was able to rack up five strikeouts on the afternoon. While he danced into and out of trouble, most of the actual damage against him came on one mighty swing off the bat of Carlos Gomez. Even with the rough start, the veteran right-hander boasts a 3.86 ERA in the spring and could be in store for a terrific season with the move to the National League and the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park.
Mar 17 - 11:08 PM

James Shields recorded five strikeouts over three perfect innings in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

It doesn't get much sharper than that. The Padres' new right-hander has now tossed four perfect frames to kick off his Cactus League year. Shields should be a nice workhorse atop the San Diego rotation in 2015.
Mar 12 - 11:58 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
6Kevin Quackenbush
7Frank Garces
8Cory Mazzoni