The two sides of Shields
After an abysmal first three starts with the White Sox, it appears that James Shields has finally been able to get himself back to being the pitcher that earned him the nickname “Big Game James.”
Through his first three games, Shields posted a record of 0-2 with 21 earned runs surrendered in only 8.2 innings pitched for an ERA of 21.81.
However, Shields’ last four starts have looked a little more like the player the White Sox thought they were getting when they traded Fernando Tatis Jr. and Erik Johnson for him.
In his four starts since his nearly historically poor streak, Shields sports a 2-1 record with a 2.84 ERA and is leaving 91.2 percent of base runners stranded as opposed to his prior 42.3 percent.
Despite losing his last start before the all-star, Shields and Robin Ventura feel that his 7.2 inning, two run performance was his best as a member of the White Sox.
Although Shields takes all of his games start-by-start, it would not be surprising to see Shields take this momentum into his start tonight versus Matt Shoemaker and the Los Angeles Angels at 8:05.