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James Shields
ERA W-L K
3.18 14-8 176
Team: Kansas CityHt / Wt: 6-3 / 215 NFBC ADP: 86.14
Position: SPBorn: 12/20/1981 Birthplace: Newhall, California
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: 16th Round by Devil Rays (2000)


Latest News
Sep. 21 5:37 PM PT6:37 PM MT7:37 PM CT8:37 PM ET20:37 ET0:37 GMT8:37 5:37 PM MST7:37 PM EST8:07 PM VEN4:37 UAE (+1)7:37 PM CT-Shields lost for the first time in five starts Saturday, giving up three runs over 6 2-3 innings of a 3-2 loss to Detroit.
Analysis: Shields still owns an impressive 1.75 ERA over his last five contests.
Sep. 6 3:04 PM PT4:04 PM MT5:04 PM CT6:04 PM ET18:04 ET22:04 GMT6:04 3:04 PM MST5:04 PM EST5:34 PM VEN2:04 UAE (+1)5:04 PM CT-Shields surrendered just three hits in 8 1-3 innings of Saturday's 1-0 win over the Yankees.
Analysis: He's won 13 games in five straight seasons and reached 200 innings in eight. More importantly for the AL Central-leading Royals, he's posted a 0.59 ERA and .148 opponents' average over his last two starts.
Aug. 10 2:04 PM PT3:04 PM MT4:04 PM CT5:04 PM ET17:04 ET21:04 GMT5:04 2:04 PM MST4:04 PM EST4:34 PM VEN1:04 UAE (+1)4:04 PM CT-Shields allowed four hits in a complete-game 5-0 win over visiting San Francisco on Saturday.
Analysis: Shields has gone 3-2 with a 1.63 ERA over his last seven starts.
Aug. 4 2:43 PM PT3:43 PM MT4:43 PM CT5:43 PM ET17:43 ET21:43 GMT5:43 2:43 PM MST4:43 PM EST5:13 PM VEN1:43 UAE (+1)4:43 PM CT-Shields reached the 10-win plateau for the eighth straight season Sunday, limiting Oakland to two runs over eight innings in a 4-2 victory.
Analysis: Shields has been rock solid in his last six starts, giving up just nine earned runs in 40 2-3 innings.
July 30 3:19 PM PT4:19 PM MT5:19 PM CT6:19 PM ET18:19 ET22:19 GMT6:19 3:19 PM MST5:19 PM EST5:49 PM VEN2:19 UAE (+1)5:19 PM CT-Shields lost for the third time in his last four decisions despite allowing just two runs - one earned - over six innings in a 2-1 defeat to Minnesota on Tuesday.
Analysis: Shields is only 1-2 in his last five starts despite a 1.93 ERA, though he wasn't necessarily deserving of a win Tuesday considering he issued a season high-matching four walks.
July 24 1:30 PM PT2:30 PM MT3:30 PM CT4:30 PM ET16:30 ET20:30 GMT4:30 1:30 PM MST3:30 PM EST4:00 PM VEN0:30 UAE (+1)3:30 PM CT-Shields was magnificent Wednesday.
Analysis: Shields allowed six hits in seven innings and walked one batter and struck out seven. "I just try to go out there every five days and pitch my game no matter where I'm at," Shields said. He faces the Twins next.
July 13 11:15 AM PT12:15 PM MT1:15 PM CT2:15 PM ET14:15 ET18:15 GMT2:15 11:15 AM MST1:15 PM EST1:45 PM VEN22:15 UAE1:15 PM CT-Shields was outdueled by Detroit's Rick Porcello in a 5-1 loss Saturday.
Analysis: Shields (9-5, 3.65 ERA) went seven innings and allowed two runs and seven hits. He struck out eight and walked none while throwing 121 pitches. Shields has given up a combined two runs in his last two starts, spanning 14 innings, after going 0-1 with a 6.16 ERA in his previous three.
July 8 3:09 PM PT4:09 PM MT5:09 PM CT6:09 PM ET18:09 ET22:09 GMT6:09 3:09 PM MST5:09 PM EST5:39 PM VEN2:09 UAE (+1)5:09 PM CT-Shields sparkled in his return to the stadium where he earned a living for the first seven seasons of his career, limiting the Tampa Bay Rays to three hits and striking out 10 in seven innings to help the Royals beat his former team 6-0 on Monday night.
Analysis: Shields faces the Tigers this weekend but he made sure he enjoyed this special moment. "There's so many memories. I've thrown some shutouts here and I've also thrown some champagne on the field," the 32-year-old said. "The fans were great tonight to me, welcoming me back, and that's always a great feeling."
June 9 11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE1:10 PM CT-Shields earned his seventh win, allowing no earned runs with eight strikeouts over six innings in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Yankees.
Analysis: Shields had surrendered 17 runs and 26 hits - seven home runs - over 18 1-3 innings in his previous three outings.
May 14 11:55 AM PT12:55 PM MT1:55 PM CT2:55 PM ET14:55 ET18:55 GMT2:55 11:55 AM MST1:55 PM EST2:25 PM VEN22:55 UAE1:55 PM CT-Shields allowed a run on five hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings and earned the win in Tuesday's 5-1 victory over Colorado.
Analysis: Kansas City's No. 1 has won consecutive starts, in which he's surrendered just a run in 14 innings after being roughed up for seven earned in his previous start.
May 8 1:24 PM PT2:24 PM MT3:24 PM CT4:24 PM ET16:24 ET20:24 GMT4:24 1:24 PM MST3:24 PM EST3:54 PM VEN0:24 UAE (+1)3:24 PM CT-Shields earned his fourth win in five starts Wednesday at San Diego, throwing seven shutout innings.
Analysis: Shields, who lowered his ERA to 2.70, gave up seven hits, bouncing back nicely from his previous start when he gave up seven earned runs against Detroit.
May 3 1:53 PM PT2:53 PM MT3:53 PM CT4:53 PM ET16:53 ET20:53 GMT4:53 1:53 PM MST3:53 PM EST4:23 PM VEN0:53 UAE (+1)3:53 PM CT-Shields was far from effective Friday in a loss to the Tigers.
Analysis: Shields allowed eight runs - seven of them earned - on 12 hits, a walk and a hit batter in 6 1-3 innings. It was the worst outing for the Royals ace since last September, when Shields allowed 10 runs in another lousy start against the Tigers. "I threw some good pitches," he said.
Apr. 28 2:49 PM PT3:49 PM MT4:49 PM CT5:49 PM ET17:49 ET21:49 GMT5:49 2:49 PM MST4:49 PM EST5:19 PM VEN1:49 UAE (+1)4:49 PM CT-Shields recorded his third straight victory on Sunday against Baltimore.
Analysis: Shields limited the Orioles to two runs and three hits - including a Nelson Cruz homer which accounted for both runs against him - over seven innings. He appears to have settled in with a 2.03 ERA through six starts.
Apr. 23 10:38 AM PT11:38 AM MT12:38 PM CT1:38 PM ET13:38 ET17:38 GMT1:38 10:38 AM MST12:38 PM EST1:08 PM VEN21:38 UAE12:38 PM CT-Shields allowed two runs in six innings to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Shields (2-2) struck out nine while winning his second straight start. He's allowed one earned run in four consecutive outings and has a combined 21 strikeouts in his last two.
Apr. 18 2:09 PM PT3:09 PM MT4:09 PM CT5:09 PM ET17:09 ET21:09 GMT5:09 2:09 PM MST4:09 PM EST4:39 PM VEN1:09 UAE (+1)4:09 PM CT-Shields struck out a season-high 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
Analysis: Shields (1-2, 2.00 ERA) gave up one run and four singles. He struck out seven straight batters in the late innings.
Apr. 13 9:29 AM PT10:29 AM MT11:29 AM CT12:29 PM ET12:29 ET16:29 GMT0:29 9:29 AM MST11:29 AM EST11:59 AM VEN20:29 UAE11:29 AM CT-Shields was far from effective Saturday in a loss to the Twins, although terrible defense hurt him the most.
Analysis: Shields yielded seven runs - one earned - in 5 2-3 innings. He gave up six hits and walked three while striking out five. He faces the Twins again in his next outing.
Apr. 7 12:31 PM PT1:31 PM MT2:31 PM CT3:31 PM ET15:31 ET19:31 GMT3:31 12:31 PM MST2:31 PM EST3:01 PM VEN23:31 UAE2:31 PM CT-Shields suffered a 5-1 loss to the ChiSox on Sunday.
Analysis: Shields gave up a run on five hits, striking out six, walking none and hitting two batters in seven innings. He was outdueled by fantasy superstar Chris Sale.
Mar. 15 8:48 PM PT9:48 PM MT10:48 PM CT11:48 PM ET23:48 ET3:48 GMT11:48 8:48 PM MST10:48 PM EST11:18 PM VEN7:48 UAE (+1)9:48 PM CT-Shields, who will start Kansas City's season opener on March 31 at Detroit, allowed one infield single and struck out 10 in six scoreless innings, as the Royals lost to a Chicago Cubs split squad 6-5 on Saturday.
Analysis: Shields is 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA, allowing one run and seven hits, striking out 18 and walking none in 14 2-3 innings, in four exhibition starts. "I felt really good out there," Shields said.

Regular Season

Pitching Statistics
Year Team W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K WHIP ERA
2006 TB 6 8 0 - 0 21 21 1 124.2 141 69 67 18 38 5 104 1.44 4.84
2007 TB 12 8 0 - 0 31 31 1 215.0 202 98 92 28 36 0 184 1.11 3.85
2008 TB 14 8 0 - 0 33 33 3 215.0 208 94 85 24 40 0 160 1.15 3.56
2009 TB 11 12 0 - 0 33 33 0 219.2 239 113 101 29 52 1 167 1.32 4.14
2010 TB 13 15 0 - 0 34 33 0 203.1 246 128 117 34 51 2 187 1.46 5.18
2011 TB 16 12 0 - 0 33 33 11 249.1 195 83 78 26 65 1 225 1.04 2.82
2012 TB 15 10 0 - 0 33 33 3 227.2 208 103 89 25 58 2 223 1.17 3.52
2013 KC 13 9 0 - 0 34 34 2 228.2 215 82 80 20 68 0 196 1.24 3.15
2014 KC 14 8 0 - 0 33 33 1 221.0 219 92 78 22 42 0 176 1.18 3.18
Career 114 90 0 - 0 285 284 22 1904.1 1873 862 787 226 450 11 1622 1.22 3.72

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2006 TB 21 8 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .375 .375 .375
2007 TB 31 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
2008 TB 34 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250
2009 TB 33 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .200 .000
2010 TB 34 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
2011 TB 33 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2012 TB 33 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200
2013 KC 34 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333
2014 KC 33 7 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .286 .286 .429
Career 286 47 7 10 1 0 0 4 2 13 0 0 .213 .245 .234

Postseason

Pitching Statistics
Year Team Round W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K ERA
2008 TB Total 2 2 0 - 0 4 4 0 25.0 28 9 8 3 8 0 17 2.81
    LDS 1 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 6.1 6 3 3 1 1 0 4 4.26
    LCS 0 2 0 - 0 2 2 0 13.0 15 6 5 2 5 0 9 3.46
    WS 1 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.2 7 0 0 0 2 0 4 0.00
2010 TB Total 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 4.1 4 4 4 1 0 0 2 8.31
    LDS 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 4.1 4 4 4 1 0 0 2 8.31
2011 TB Total 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.0 8 7 7 0 0 0 6 12.60
    LDS 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.0 8 7 7 0 0 0 6 12.60
Career 2 4 0 - 0 6 6 0 34.1 40 20 19 4 8 0 25 4.98


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 1458 96 88 92.4 41.42
Curveball 440 83 75 79.6 12.5
Changeup 765 90 82 85.2 21.73
Cut Fastball 857 91 82 86.7 24.35

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