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James Shields
ERA W-L K
5.85 6-19 135
Team: Chi White SoxHt / Wt: 6-3 / 212 NFBC ADP: 133.47
Position: SPBorn: 12/20/1981 Birthplace: Newhall, California
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: 16th Round by Devil Rays (2000)


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Nov. 7 12:32 PM PT1:32 PM MT2:32 PM CT3:32 PM ET15:32 ET20:32 GMT4:32 1:32 PM MST3:32 PM EST4:02 PM VEN0:32 UAE (+1)2:32 PM CT-Shields is keeping his contract with the White Sox rather than become a free agent after tying for the big league lead in losses.
Analysis: The right-hander was acquired from San Diego on June 4. An All-Star in 2011, Shields was 13-7 in his first season with the Padres in 2015, then went 2-7 this year before the trade. He finished 6-19 with a 5.85 ERA, tying Tampa Bay's Chris Archer for the most defeats.
Oct. 1 8:00 PM PT9:00 PM MT10:00 PM CT11:00 PM ET23:00 ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST10:30 PM VEN7:00 UAE (+1)10:00 PM CT-Shields (6-19) concluded a career-worst season split between San Diego and Chicago by allowing five runs and four hits over seven innings in Saturday's 6-0 loss to the Twins.
Analysis: His 40 home runs and 118 earned runs allowed are the most in the majors.
Sep. 26 8:32 PM PT9:32 PM MT10:32 PM CT11:32 PM ET23:32 ET3:32 GMT11:32 8:32 PM MST10:32 PM EST11:02 PM VEN7:32 UAE (+1)10:32 PM CT-Shields earned his first win in two months Monday, limiting the Rays to one run and seven hits over six innings in a 7-1 victory.
Analysis: Shields was 0-6 with a 9.46 ERA over his last 10 starts before posting his first win since July 26. He allowed 18 home runs over 45 2/3 innings during that span.
Sep. 20 8:19 PM PT9:19 PM MT10:19 PM CT11:19 PM ET23:19 ET3:19 GMT11:19 8:19 PM MST10:19 PM EST10:49 PM VEN7:19 UAE (+1)10:19 PM CT-Shields' winless streak reached 10 starts after the disappointing right-hander was shelled for seven runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Shields showed signs of turning a corner after firing six innings of one-run ball Thursday against Cleveland, but he's now 0-6 with a brutal 9.46 ERA since defeating the Cubs on July 26. He's not worth owning in any formats at the moment.
Sep. 15 2:56 PM PT3:56 PM MT4:56 PM CT5:56 PM ET17:56 ET21:56 GMT5:56 2:56 PM MST4:56 PM EST5:26 PM VEN1:56 UAE (+1)4:56 PM CT-Shields allowed one run, three hits and three walks while striking out eight in six innings Thursday as the White Sox posted a 2-1 walkoff win over the Indians.
Analysis: It was a nice turnaround for the right-hander, who was 0-5 with a 10.75 ERA in his previous eight starts.
Sep. 11 9:42 PM PT10:42 PM MT11:42 PM CT12:42 AM ET0:42 ET4:42 GMT12:42 9:42 PM MST11:42 PM EST12:12 AM VEN8:42 UAE11:42 PM CT-Shield allowed three runs, two homers and four walks in six innings Saturday against the Royals.
Analysis: Shields is 0-4 with a 10.74 ERA in his last seven starts, serving up 17 homers over 29 1/3 innings. He makes his next start Thursday versus the Indians, whom he hasn’t faced since being shelled for eight runs in 1 2/3 innings on June 18.
Sep. 6 4:31 PM PT5:31 PM MT6:31 PM CT7:31 PM ET19:31 ET23:31 GMT7:31 4:31 PM MST6:31 PM EST7:01 PM VEN3:31 UAE (+1)6:31 PM CT-Shields was cleared to start Saturday after complaining of a sore back in his last outing.
Analysis: Shields hasn't missed a start since 2007. "I just want to post every five days and throw 200 innings," he said. "I'm obviously not going to get (200 innings) this year for the first time in nine seasons, which is disappointing."
Sep. 6 7:21 AM PT8:21 AM MT9:21 AM CT10:21 AM ET10:21 ET14:21 GMT22:21 7:21 AM MST9:21 AM EST9:51 AM VEN18:21 UAE9:21 AM CT-Manager Robin Ventura said shutting down struggling Shields (back) is possible.
Analysis: Shields has allowed a major league high-tying 35 homers.
Sep. 3 8:13 PM PT9:13 PM MT10:13 PM CT11:13 PM ET23:13 ET3:13 GMT11:13 8:13 PM MST10:13 PM EST10:43 PM VEN7:13 UAE (+1)10:13 PM CT-Shields was roughed up for five runs, five hits and walked four over 2 1/3 innings of Chicago's 11-3 loss to the Twins.
Analysis: Shields has been a bust for the White Sox, going 3-10 with a 7.50 ERA in 17 games since coming over from San Diego. He is three losses shy of 20 overall for the season.
Aug. 30 6:46 AM PT7:46 AM MT8:46 AM CT9:46 AM ET9:46 ET13:46 GMT21:46 6:46 AM MST8:46 AM EST9:16 AM VEN17:46 UAE8:46 AM CT-Shields finished an awful August on a slightly better note Monday, allowing two runs over six innings while not receiving a decision as the White Sox lost 4-3 to the Tigers.
Analysis: Shields was 0-4 with a 13.95 ERA in five August starts coming into Monday.
Aug. 25 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-Wednesday's start was another struggle for Shields, who was reached for four runs and served up two more homers while lasting six innings in a loss to Philadelphia.
Analysis: The performance was actually an upgrade from Shields' other efforts this month, as he entered the matchup 0-3 with a dreadful 17.36 ERA through his first four starts in August. He's now allowed nine homers in 14 innings over his past four outings and is clearly fantasy poison at the moment.
Aug. 20 7:17 AM PT8:17 AM MT9:17 AM CT10:17 AM ET10:17 ET14:17 GMT22:17 7:17 AM MST9:17 AM EST9:47 AM VEN18:17 UAE9:17 AM CT-Shields turned in another horrendous effort when he was tagged for seven runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings in Friday's loss to Oakland.
Analysis: Shields has produced an ugly 17.36 ERA while going 0-3 over his last four starts, surrendering 27 earned runs and 33 hits in 14 innings. The midseason pickup has now served up nine homers in his past three outings after allowing three more Friday.
Aug. 14 10:31 PM PT11:31 PM MT12:31 AM CT1:31 AM ET1:31 ET5:31 GMT13:31 10:31 PM MST12:31 AM EST1:01 AM VEN9:31 UAE12:31 AM CT-Shields allowed 10 hits and seven runs in three-plus innings before the White Sox rallied for an 8-7 win over the Marlins on Saturday.
Analysis: Shields has an ERA of 20.25 over his past three starts, all losses, and his ERA for the season with the Sox is 7.34.
Aug. 7 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-After an impressive stretch, Shields has been roughed up big time in his last two starts. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings Sunday in a 10-2 loss to Baltimore, allowing eight runs and six hits - including four homers.
Analysis: Shields has a 19.89 ERA in his last two starts after he posted a 1.71 mark in six previous outings.
Aug. 2 7:39 PM PT8:39 PM MT9:39 PM CT10:39 PM ET22:39 ET2:39 GMT10:39 7:39 PM MST9:39 PM EST10:09 PM VEN6:39 UAE (+1)9:39 PM CT-Shields was brought back to earth Tuesday, allowing six runs and nine hits over five innings in an 11-5 loss at Detroit.
Analysis: Shields' poor outing came after he limited opponents to eight runs in his previous six starts, spanning 42 innings (1.71 ERA).
July 27 12:43 PM PT1:43 PM MT2:43 PM CT3:43 PM ET15:43 ET19:43 GMT3:43 12:43 PM MST2:43 PM EST3:13 PM VEN23:43 UAE2:43 PM CT-Shields led the White Sox to another win over the rival Cubs by yielding four singles and four walks over 7 2/3 scoreless innings Tuesday.
Analysis: After getting his White Sox tenure off to a disastrous beginning, Shields has produced a 1.71 ERA while ripping off six consecutive quality starts. The veteran righty has held opposing hitters to a .209 average over that stretch.
July 22 9:05 AM PT10:05 AM MT11:05 AM CT12:05 PM ET12:05 ET16:05 GMT0:05 9:05 AM MST11:05 AM EST11:35 AM VEN20:05 UAE11:05 AM CT-Shields worked six solid innings Thursday against Detroit, but wound up on the wrong end of a 2-1 decision after giving up a pair of homers in the fifth.
Analysis: Shields has lost three straight starts despite allowing five runs over that span, with Chicago shut out in the first two. The in-season addition has still posted a 2.10 ERA over a run of five consecutive quality starts.
July 17 8:52 AM PT9:52 AM MT10:52 AM CT11:52 AM ET11:52 ET15:52 GMT23:52 8:52 AM MST10:52 AM EST11:22 AM VEN19:52 UAE10:52 AM CT-Shields allowed a leadoff triple to Yunel Escobar in the first inning but wouldn't allow another hit until the eighth in a 1-0 loss to the Angels on Saturday. He walked two, struck out two and threw just 91 pitches.
Analysis: Since his brutal beginning with the White Sox, Shields has a 1.91 ERA in four starts - though he's only struck out 12 in 28 1/3 innings.
July 11 8:26 AM PT9:26 AM MT10:26 AM CT11:26 AM ET11:26 ET15:26 GMT23:26 8:26 AM MST10:26 AM EST10:56 AM VEN19:26 UAE10:26 AM CT-Shields has turned things around of late. He allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Braves.
Analysis: Since going 0-3 with a 24.62 ERA in a four-start stretch, the veteran right-hander has gone 2-1 with a 2.84 mark over his last four outings.
July 4 6:01 PM PT7:01 PM MT8:01 PM CT9:01 PM ET21:01 ET1:01 GMT9:01 6:01 PM MST8:01 PM EST8:31 PM VEN5:01 UAE (+1)8:01 PM CT-Shields has won back-to-back starts for the first time this season after allowing two runs over six innings against the Yankees on Monday.
Analysis: The right-hander has shown improvement after a disastrous beginning to his White Sox career. Shield has a 3.06 ERA in his last three starts after posting a 21.81 ERA in his first three with Chicago after being acquired from the Padres.
June 29 8:28 PM PT9:28 PM MT10:28 PM CT11:28 PM ET23:28 ET3:28 GMT11:28 8:28 PM MST10:28 PM EST10:58 PM VEN7:28 UAE (+1)10:28 PM CT-Shields has the best of his five starts since joining the White Sox in Wednesday's win over the Twins. He allowed one run and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings in his first victory since May 12.
Analysis: That was quite an improvement for Shields, who had 15.80 ERA in his first four starts with Chicago.
June 24 9:58 AM PT10:58 AM MT11:58 AM CT12:58 PM ET12:58 ET16:58 GMT0:58 9:58 AM MST11:58 AM EST12:28 PM VEN20:58 UAE11:58 AM CT-Shields took a step forward Thursday when he allowed three runs over five innings in an 8-7, 10-inning loss to the Red Sox. He left in the sixth with a 3-1 lead before the bullpen let him down.
Analysis: Shields had been 0-3 with an 18.73 ERA over his previous five starts.
June 18 8:18 PM PT9:18 PM MT10:18 PM CT11:18 PM ET23:18 ET3:18 GMT11:18 8:18 PM MST10:18 PM EST10:48 PM VEN7:18 UAE (+1)10:18 PM CT-Shields was rocked for the fourth straight start Saturday, including three in a row for the White Sox since being acquired from the Padres on June 4. He was tagged for eight runs on seven hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings against the Indians.
Analysis: The right-hander is 0-2 with a 21.81 ERA in three starts for Chicago and 0-3 with a 24.62 ERA in his last four overall.
June 14 8:24 AM PT9:24 AM MT10:24 AM CT11:24 AM ET11:24 ET15:24 GMT23:24 8:24 AM MST10:24 AM EST10:54 AM VEN19:24 UAE10:24 AM CT-Shields allowed seven runs, six earned, and nine hits over five innings in his latest disaster of a start, a game the White Sox rallied to beat the Tigers 10-9 in 12 innings on Monday.
Analysis: Shields, who lasted only two-plus innings in his White Sox debut Wednesday, is 1-4 with a 7.90 ERA in his last seven starts.
June 9 9:04 AM PT10:04 AM MT11:04 AM CT12:04 PM ET12:04 ET16:04 GMT0:04 9:04 AM MST11:04 AM EST11:34 AM VEN20:04 UAE11:04 AM CT-Shields was booed off the mound in his White Sox debut, getting ripped for seven runs and eight hits - including three homers - in two-plus innings of an 11-4 loss to Washington.
Analysis: A change of team didn't change the fortune of Shields, who was tagged for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings at Seattle on May 31 in his final game as a Padre. He's served up five homers in his last two starts after allowing only four in his previous eight outings while posting a 2.61 ERA.
June 8 9:55 PM PT10:55 PM MT11:55 PM CT12:55 AM ET0:55 ET4:55 GMT12:55 9:55 PM MST11:55 PM EST12:25 AM VEN8:55 UAE11:55 PM CT-Shields is scheduled to make his first start for the White Sox on Wednesday, with the Nationals sending Max Scherzer to the mound.
Analysis: The 34-year-old Shields, who should fit in behind ace Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, matched a career high by allowing 10 runs at Seattle on May 29. His ERA jumped from 3.06 to 4.28. He is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three career starts versus Washington.
June 7 5:23 PM PT6:23 PM MT7:23 PM CT8:23 PM ET20:23 ET0:23 GMT8:23 5:23 PM MST7:23 PM EST7:53 PM VEN4:23 UAE (+1)7:23 PM CT-Shields is scheduled to make his first start for them on Wednesday, with the Nationals sending Max Scherzer to the mound.
Analysis: The White Sox are hoping for a resurgence from ''Big Game James'' following the trade with San Diego, just days after Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler criticized his last-place team's recent performances and called out the pitcher for one of the poorest starts of his career. A Southern California native, Shields was clearly disappointed by how things ended with the Padres.
June 4 2:17 PM PT3:17 PM MT4:17 PM CT5:17 PM ET17:17 ET21:17 GMT5:17 2:17 PM MST4:17 PM EST4:47 PM VEN1:17 UAE (+1)4:17 PM CT-The San Diego Padres have traded Shields and cash to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Erik Johnson and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. The deal was made Saturday. It came three days after Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler criticized the team's recent performances as being "embarrassing" and "pathetic," and called out Shields for his poor start Tuesday at Seattle.
Analysis: Shields was one of several big-name players the Padres brought in before the 2015 season, giving him a $75 million, four-year deal. The roster overhaul fizzled, as the Padres finished three games worse last year than they did in 2014. The 34-year-old Shields is 2-7 with a 4.28 ERA. He allowed 10 runs in 2 2-3 innings in a 16-4 loss at Seattle on Tuesday.
June 1 1:45 PM PT2:45 PM MT3:45 PM CT4:45 PM ET16:45 ET20:45 GMT4:45 1:45 PM MST3:45 PM EST4:15 PM VEN0:45 UAE (+1)3:45 PM CT-Shields was pounded Tuesday.
Analysis: Shields has been the subject of trade rumors, but Tuesday's performance won't impress any suitors. Shields tied a career-high with 10 runs allowed and could not close out innings.
May 13 2:31 PM PT3:31 PM MT4:31 PM CT5:31 PM ET17:31 ET21:31 GMT5:31 2:31 PM MST4:31 PM EST5:01 PM VEN1:31 UAE (+1)4:31 PM CT-Shields fanned a season-high nine in seven innings while sending San Diego to a 3-0 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday night.
Analysis: Shields (2-5, 3.12 ERA) is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA in his last four starts and has 17 strikeouts in 13 innings in his past two.
Apr. 27 11:52 AM PT12:52 PM MT1:52 PM CT2:52 PM ET14:52 ET18:52 GMT2:52 11:52 AM MST1:52 PM EST2:22 PM VEN22:52 UAE1:52 PM CT-Shields was outdueled by San Francisco's Johnny Cueto on Tuesday night and dropped to 0-4 with a 1-0 defeat.
Analysis: Shields yielded three hits in seven innings, including Denard Span's two-out RBI double in the fifth, but matched a season high with four walks.
Feb. 27 10:47 AM PT11:47 AM MT12:47 PM CT1:47 PM ET13:47 ET18:47 GMT2:47 11:47 AM MST1:47 PM EST2:17 PM VEN22:47 UAE12:47 PM CT-Shields insists he's OK with being passed over to start on opening day for the San Diego Padres.
Analysis: He'd still like the ball over Tyson Ross, though. The competitive streak in the 34-year-old right-hander doesn't allow for anything else. "I've been in this situation before," Shields said. "I think in 2011, David Price (in Tampa Bay) took my opening-day start after three years. And I got it right back the next year."

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