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James Shields
3.91 13-7 216
Team: San DiegoHt / Wt: 6-3 / 215 NFBC ADP: 134.54
Position: SPBorn: 12/20/1981 Birthplace: Newhall, California
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: 16th Round by Devil Rays (2000)

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Sep. 21 3:07 PM PT4:07 PM MT5:07 PM CT6:07 PM ET18:07 ET22:07 GMT6:07 3:07 PM MST5:07 PM EST5:37 PM VEN2:07 UAE (+1)5:07 PM CT-Shields is pitching well down the stretch.
Analysis: The player known best as "Big game James" pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning Sunday and improved to 4-0 with a 3.69 ERA in his last five starts. His eight strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings raised his season total to 208.
Sep. 15 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 won his third consecutive decision Monday with a 10-3 victory over Arizona.
Analysis: Shields (12-6) allowed one run in seven innings to lower his ERA to 3.80.
Aug. 31 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-Shields earned his first win in nine road starts Sunday, a 9-4 victory over Philadelphia.
Analysis: Shields (10-6, 3.78 ERA) gave up one run in seven innings while striking out eight. He was 0-4 with a 5.63 ERA in his previous eight road starts. Shields has now registered double-digit victories in nine consecutive seasons.
Aug. 26 12:17 PM PT1:17 PM MT2:17 PM CT3:17 PM ET15:17 ET19:17 GMT3:17 12:17 PM MST2:17 PM EST2:47 PM VEN23:17 UAE2:17 PM CT-Shields was hammered by Washington on Tuesday, giving up five runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings of an 8-3 loss.
Analysis: Shields has been very mediocre lately, going 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA in his last six games.
Aug. 19 10:58 AM PT11:58 AM MT12:58 PM CT1:58 PM ET13:58 ET17:58 GMT1:58 10:58 AM MST12:58 PM EST1:28 PM VEN21:58 UAE12:58 PM CT-Shields earned just his second win in 14 starts Tuesday night, a 9-0 victory against Atlanta.
Analysis: Shields (9-5, 3.74 ERA) fanned seven in six innings in his first win in six outings. The right-hander will next seek to reach double-digit victories for a ninth consecutive season.
July 13 7:18 PM PT8:18 PM MT9:18 PM CT10:18 PM ET22:18 ET2:18 GMT10:18 7:18 PM MST9:18 PM EST9:48 PM VEN6:18 UAE (+1)9:18 PM CT-Shields was named the starter for Friday's matchup with Colorado as the Padres return from the All-Star break.
Analysis: Shields is 0-3 with a 4.79 ERA over his last seven starters after going 7-0 with a 3.58 ERA in his first 12. He's won his last three decisions in four starts against the Rockies but has a 4.07 ERA.
July 2 3:46 PM PT4:46 PM MT5:46 PM CT6:46 PM ET18:46 ET22:46 GMT6:46 3:46 PM MST5:46 PM EST6:16 PM VEN2:46 UAE (+1)5:46 PM CT-Shields lost his third straight start Wednesday, giving up two runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-0 defeat against Seattle.
Analysis: Unlike his last two outings when he gave up a combined 11 runs over 10 innings, Shields was actually decent this time around. However, walks continue to be an issue - he's averaging 3.02 walks per nine innings after issuing four Thursday.
June 26 3:45 PM PT4:45 PM MT5:45 PM CT6:45 PM ET18:45 ET22:45 GMT6:45 3:45 PM MST5:45 PM EST6:15 PM VEN2:45 UAE (+1)5:45 PM CT-Shields had his worst start of the season in a 13-8 loss to San Francisco on Thursday.
Analysis: Shields (7-2, 4.24 ERA) was charged with seven runs in four-plus innings, his shortest outing in 2015. She's 0-2 with a 6.45 ERA in his last four starts.
June 20 4:33 PM PT5:33 PM MT6:33 PM CT7:33 PM ET19:33 ET23:33 GMT7:33 4:33 PM MST6:33 PM EST7:03 PM VEN3:33 UAE (+1)6:33 PM CT-Shields took his first loss of the year Friday, giving up four runs and eight hits over six innings in a 4-2 defeat after Arizona.
Analysis: Shields' 7-0 start wasn't without a little luck, as he's still averaging 6.5 runs of support despite the one-run backing he received Friday.
June 15 12:05 PM PT1:05 PM MT2:05 PM CT3:05 PM ET15:05 ET19:05 GMT3:05 12:05 PM MST2:05 PM EST2:35 PM VEN23:05 UAE2:05 PM CT-Shields had another no-decision Sunday, limiting the Dodgers to one run over seven innings of San Diego's 4-2 defeat.
Analysis: Shields is still undefeated at 7-0, and he owns a 2.98 ERA in his last seven outings.
June 10 1:58 PM PT2:58 PM MT3:58 PM CT4:58 PM ET16:58 ET20:58 GMT4:58 1:58 PM MST3:58 PM EST4:28 PM VEN0:58 UAE (+1)3:58 PM CT-Shields failed to record a quality start for the first time in six outings Tuesday, giving up five runs - four earned - and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings of San Diego's 6-5 loss at Atlanta. He wasn't charged with the defeat, however.
Analysis: Shields struck out six batters and his 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings marks the highest rate of his career.
June 4 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 improved to 7-0 Wednesday against the Mets, allowing two runs over seven innings in a 7-3 victory.
Analysis: Shields, who owns a 3.58 ERA, owns San Diego's offense a lot of credit for his record. He owns a 7.17 run-support average.
May 14 3:32 PM PT4:32 PM MT5:32 PM CT6:32 PM ET18:32 ET22:32 GMT6:32 3:32 PM MST5:32 PM EST6:02 PM VEN2:32 UAE (+1)5:32 PM CT-Shields reached 5-0 in Wednesday's 4-2 win in Seattle.
Analysis: Shields limited the Mariners to a run and six hits while striking out nine in six innings. He's won three straight starts, but this was the only one to be proud of. He's allowed an MLB-high 12 homers and his 2.23 HR/9 rate is better than only Kyle Lohse and Kyle Kendrick.
Apr. 12 5:38 PM PT6:38 PM MT7:38 PM CT8:38 PM ET20:38 ET0:38 GMT8:38 5:38 PM MST7:38 PM EST8:08 PM VEN4:38 UAE (+1)7:38 PM CT-Shields earned his first win in Saturday's 10-2 victory over San Francisco, giving up only one run on a homer in seven innings of work.
Analysis: Shields, who also struck out seven, has fanned 15 batters in 13 innings this season.
Apr. 7 10:26 AM PT11:26 AM MT12:26 PM CT1:26 PM ET13:26 ET17:26 GMT1:26 10:26 AM MST12:26 PM EST12:56 PM VEN21:26 UAE12:26 PM CT-On Monday, Shields allowed two runs and six hits in six innings in his Padres debut, finishing with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Analysis: Shields is a solid fantasy option, especially when taking the mound at pitcher-friendly Petco Park.
Mar. 28 12:56 PM PT1:56 PM MT2:56 PM CT3:56 PM ET15:56 ET19:56 GMT3:56 12:56 PM MST2:56 PM EST3:26 PM VEN23:56 UAE1:56 PM CT-San Diego Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day, manager Bud Black announced Saturday.
Analysis: San Diego opens the season on April 6 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium. Shields signed a $75 million, four-year deal with the Padres last month. The 33-year-old righty became a free agent after pitching for Kansas City in the World Series last October. This will be Shields' seventh season opening assignment. He pitched the last two for the Royals and did it four times with Tampa Bay.
Feb. 13 9:40 AM PT10:40 AM MT11:40 AM CT12:40 PM ET12:40 ET17:40 GMT1:40 10:40 AM MST12:40 PM EST1:10 PM VEN21:40 UAE11:40 AM CT-Shields can opt out his new contract with the San Diego Padres after two years and $31 million. The Padres have a $16 million option for 2019 with a $2 million buyout that would be payable by Jan. 15, 2019.
Analysis: Shields' deal gives him the right to terminate the contract no later than three days after the 2016 World Series and to become a free agent. San Diego would retain its right to make him a qualifying offer,
Feb. 9 8:29 AM PT9:29 AM MT10:29 AM CT11:29 AM ET11:29 ET16:29 GMT0:29 9:29 AM MST11:29 AM EST11:59 AM VEN20:29 UAE10:29 AM CT-The Padres have finalized a $75 million, four-year contract with right-hander James Shields, the biggest free agent deal in club history.
Analysis: Shields is the latest addition by first-year general manager A.J. Preller, who in December added sluggers Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, as well as Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks. Shields was 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA last season and declined a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Royals. He lost both of his World Series starts, outdueled each time by Madison Bumgarner.

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