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James Shields
ERA W-L K
5.23 5-7 103
Team: Chi White SoxHt / Wt: 6-3 / 210 NFBC ADP: 511.54
Position: SPBorn: 12/20/1981 Birthplace: Newhall, California
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: 16th Round by Devil Rays (2000)


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Sep. 26 7:23 AM PT8:23 AM MT9:23 AM CT10:23 AM ET10:23 ET14:23 GMT22:23 7:23 AM MST9:23 AM EST9:53 AM VEN18:23 UAE9:23 AM CT-James Shields improved to 5-7, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks in 7.0 innings, as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Monday. Shields struck out eight, ending the game with a 5.23 ERA and 1.44 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: The 35-year-old has won three of his last four starts, but this was his final game of the season. The White Sox have shut him down due to sore knees.
Sep. 21 9:12 AM PT10:12 AM MT11:12 AM CT12:12 PM ET12:12 ET16:12 GMT0:12 9:12 AM MST11:12 AM EST11:42 AM VEN20:12 UAE11:12 AM CT-James Shields fell to 4-7, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks in 5.2 innings, as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Houston Astros 4-3 on Wednesday. Shields struck out five, ending the game with a 5.40 ERA and 1.48 WHIP on the season.
Sep. 14 3:31 PM PT4:31 PM MT5:31 PM CT6:31 PM ET18:31 ET22:31 GMT6:31 3:31 PM MST5:31 PM EST6:01 PM VEN2:31 UAE (+1)5:31 PM CT-James Shields improved to 4-6, allowing four runs on nine hits and one walk in 6.0 innings, as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 17-7 on Thursday. Shields struck out seven, ending the game with a 5.43 ERA and 1.47 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Shields won for the first time on the road since May 12, 2016, a span of 18 starts in which he suffered eight losses and posted a 7.83 ERA.
Sep. 9 7:44 PM PT8:44 PM MT9:44 PM CT10:44 PM ET22:44 ET2:44 GMT10:44 7:44 PM MST9:44 PM EST10:14 PM VEN6:44 UAE (+1)9:44 PM CT-James Shields improved to 3-6, allowing one run on two hits and two walks in 7.0 innings, as the Chicago White Sox defeated the San Francisco Giants 13-1 on Saturday. Shields struck out five, ending the game with a 5.40 ERA and 1.45 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Shields set a season high in innings one start after he took a line drive off his right knee against Cleveland on Monday. He was 0-5 with a 6.64 ERA in his previous 11 starts.
Sep. 4 1:54 PM PT2:54 PM MT3:54 PM CT4:54 PM ET16:54 ET20:54 GMT4:54 1:54 PM MST3:54 PM EST4:24 PM VEN0:54 UAE (+1)3:54 PM CT-Shields left Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians with a right knee contusion. He exited after getting struck on the right knee by a line drive in the top of the seventh inning.
Analysis: After Shields was checked out by White Sox trainers, he was able to walk off the mound. X-Rays were negative on Shields and the White Sox said he is day to day. Shields fell to 2-6, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks in 6.1 innings as Chicago lost 5-3. Shields struck out five, ending the game with a 5.72 ERA and 1.52 WHIP on the season.
Aug. 30 9:20 PM PT10:20 PM MT11:20 PM CT12:20 AM ET0:20 ET4:20 GMT12:20 9:20 PM MST11:20 PM EST11:50 PM VEN8:20 UAE11:20 PM CT-James Shields fell to 2-5, allowing four runs on five hits and five walks in 5.0 innings, as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Minnesota Twins 6-4 on Tuesday. Shields struck out three, ending the game with a 5.72 ERA and 1.54 WHIP on the season.
Aug. 24 7:35 AM PT8:35 AM MT9:35 AM CT10:35 AM ET10:35 ET14:35 GMT22:35 7:35 AM MST9:35 AM EST10:05 AM VEN18:35 UAE9:35 AM CT-James Shields allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in 6.0 innings as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Wednesday. Shields struck out six, ending the game with a 5.63 ERA and 1.51 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Shields has allowed no more than three earned runs in his last four starts. One of the reasons for his recent success is dropping his arm angle down to about three-quarters. ''I've always been kind of a three-quarter guy,'' he said. ''A few years back, I went over the top a little bit more. All it is, I'm going back down three-quarter a little bit more.''
Aug. 19 10:04 AM PT11:04 AM MT12:04 PM CT1:04 PM ET13:04 ET17:04 GMT1:04 10:04 AM MST12:04 PM EST12:34 PM VEN21:04 UAE12:04 PM CT-James Shields allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in 5.1 innings as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Friday. Shields struck out six, ending the game with a 5.72 ERA and 1.57 WHIP on the season.
Aug. 13 9:15 PM PT10:15 PM MT11:15 PM CT12:15 AM ET0:15 ET4:15 GMT12:15 9:15 PM MST11:15 PM EST11:45 PM VEN8:15 UAE11:15 PM CT-Shields allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk in 6.0 innings as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Saturday.
Analysis: Shields struck out eight, ending the game with a 5.90 ERA and 1.57 WHIP on the season.
Aug. 6 9:08 PM PT10:08 PM MT11:08 PM CT12:08 AM ET0:08 ET4:08 GMT12:08 9:08 PM MST11:08 PM EST11:38 PM VEN8:08 UAE11:08 PM CT-Shields fell to 2-4, allowing four runs - three earned - on five hits and one walk in 6.0 innings, as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Saturday. Shields struck out six, ending the game with a 6.03 ERA and 1.60 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Shields is 1-4 with a 7.63 ERA since spending two months on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his back.
July 31 8:54 PM PT9:54 PM MT10:54 PM CT11:54 PM ET23:54 ET3:54 GMT11:54 8:54 PM MST10:54 PM EST11:24 PM VEN7:54 UAE (+1)10:54 PM CT-Shields allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in 6.0 innings as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Monday. Shields struck out six, ending the game with a 6.19 ERA and 1.66 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: This was the third time this season that Shields has yieled three homers in a game.
July 27 11:00 AM PT12:00 PM MT1:00 PM CT2:00 PM ET14:00 ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST1:30 PM VEN22:00 UAE1:00 PM CT-James Shields fell to 2-3, allowing five runs - three earned - on five hits and three walks in 4.0 innings, as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday. Shields struck out four, ending the game with a 5.86 ERA and 1.66 WHIP on the season.
July 22 9:38 PM PT10:38 PM MT11:38 PM CT12:38 AM ET0:38 ET4:38 GMT12:38 9:38 PM MST11:38 PM EST12:08 AM VEN8:38 UAE11:38 PM CT-Shields allowed six runs on 10 hits and three walks in 4.1 innings as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Friday. Shields struck out three, ending the game with a 5.79 ERA and 1.63 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: "Big Game" James is hardly that. Shields, who is 0-1 with a 9.60 ERA in three July starts, permitted six runs on 10 hits. Shields has allowed 23 hits, including five home runs, in 15 innings this month.
July 15 9:11 PM PT10:11 PM MT11:11 PM CT12:11 AM ET0:11 ET4:11 GMT12:11 9:11 PM MST11:11 PM EST11:41 PM VEN8:11 UAE11:11 PM CT-James Shields fell to 2-2, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks in 6.0 innings, as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Friday. Shields struck out one, ending the game with a 5.10 ERA and 1.49 WHIP on the season.
July 4 5:02 PM PT6:02 PM MT7:02 PM CT8:02 PM ET20:02 ET0:02 GMT8:02 5:02 PM MST7:02 PM EST7:32 PM VEN4:02 UAE (+1)7:02 PM CT-James Shields allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in 4.2 innings as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Tuesday. Shields struck out four, ending the game with a 4.95 ERA and 1.46 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Shields once again was plagued by the long ball as the A's homered three times off him. After leading the majors with 40 homers allowed last year and 33 in 2015, Shields has given up 10 in seven starts this season.
June 30 9:03 AM PT10:03 AM MT11:03 AM CT12:03 PM ET12:03 ET16:03 GMT0:03 9:03 AM MST11:03 AM EST11:33 AM VEN20:03 UAE11:03 AM CT-James Shields improved to 2-1, allowing three runs - two earned - on five hits and three walks in a season-high 6.1 innings, as the Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 on Thursday. Shields struck out two, ending the game with a 3.98 ERA and 1.42 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Shields was rocked for six runs over three-plus innings in a loss to Oakland last time out, but he's pitched respectably in his other five starts this season. The White Sox would love to move the 35-year-old prior to next month's trade deadline, though his hefty salary and shaky recent track record are obvious obstacles.
June 24 3:37 PM PT4:37 PM MT5:37 PM CT6:37 PM ET18:37 ET22:37 GMT6:37 3:37 PM MST5:37 PM EST6:07 PM VEN2:37 UAE (+1)5:37 PM CT-James Shields fell to 1-1, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks in 3.0 innings, as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Oakland Athletics 10-2 on Saturday. Shields struck out five, ending the game with a 4.26 ERA and 1.46 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Shields, making his second start since coming off the disabled list for a strained right lat, allowed three home runs in the first three innings. His highlight was notching his 2,000th career strikeout to end the second inning.
June 18 3:25 PM PT4:25 PM MT5:25 PM CT6:25 PM ET18:25 ET22:25 GMT6:25 3:25 PM MST5:25 PM EST5:55 PM VEN2:25 UAE (+1)5:25 PM CT-James Shields allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk in 5.2 innings as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Sunday. Shields struck out three, ending the game with a 2.42 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Making his first start in two months, Shields held the Blue Jays to one run over the first five innings but surrendered a game-tying two-run homer to Russell Martin in the sixth. The veteran right-hander could fare better in a potentially more favorable matchup with the visiting A's on Saturday.
June 14 4:11 PM PT5:11 PM MT6:11 PM CT7:11 PM ET19:11 ET23:11 GMT7:11 4:11 PM MST6:11 PM EST6:41 PM VEN3:11 UAE (+1)6:11 PM CT-Shields is ready to return to the White Sox's rotation. The right-hander is scheduled to start Sunday at Toronto after being sidelined the past two months because of a strained right back muscle.
Analysis: Shields said Wednesday he feels ''pretty good'' and is ''ready to rock'' after three rehab starts for Triple-A Charlotte. He threw 90 pitches, allowing two runs and six hits over five innings, on Tuesday. Sidelined since April 16, Shields is 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA in three starts after a rough first season in Chicago.
Apr. 21 5:39 PM PT6:39 PM MT7:39 PM CT8:39 PM ET20:39 ET0:39 GMT8:39 5:39 PM MST7:39 PM EST8:09 PM VEN4:39 UAE (+1)7:39 PM CT-Shields (right lat) gave up two runs and four hits in five innings in his second rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte.
Analysis: The 35-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 16 strikeouts in three starts this season, his second with the White Sox.
Apr. 6 4:21 PM PT5:21 PM MT6:21 PM CT7:21 PM ET19:21 ET23:21 GMT7:21 4:21 PM MST6:21 PM EST6:51 PM VEN3:21 UAE (+1)6:21 PM CT-Shields got his season off to a strong start Thursday, limiting Detroit to one run and two hits over 5 1/3 innings with a walk and five strikeouts in an 11-2 victory.
Analysis: That outing must have felt particularly good for Shields, who went 4-12 with a 6.77 ERA in 22 starts for the White Sox after he was acquired from San Diego.

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