Shields (3-5) threw 7.2 shutout innings, allowed just four hits and four walks, and struck out five in a win Tuesday over the Cubs. This was by far Shields's best start as a White Sox. It marked his first shutout outing and tied his White Sox highs for both strikeouts and innings pitched. He induced 14 swinging strikes in the process and managed to keep the ball in the yard while inducing 12 flyouts. He has now thrown six straight quality starts, so don't let his 5.17 ERA scare you away.
Shields (2-5) took another loss despite turning in six solid innings Thursday against Detroit. He allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Both runs came home on solo homers in the fifth inning, and that was enough to sink Shields in this rain-shortened game. Shields has recovered impressively from the legendarily bad stretch that started his White Sox career, as he's now turned in five consecutive starts of six or more innings and two or fewer runs. The strikeouts still aren't there and he's still giving up plenty of homers, though, so it's hard to expect Shields to sustain this streak.
Shields was a tough-luck loser Saturday versus the Angels, allowing just one run with two strikeouts and two walks across eight strong innings. Shields actually went the distance as the Angels did not bat in the ninth, and he needed just 91 pitches to get through eight frames. He did well to limit baserunners and was only scored upon via a groundout in the first inning, lowering his ERA to 1.91 over his last four starts. Shields seems to finally recaptured the formula that made him an effective innings-eater for San Diego earlier this season and he will look to continue his recent success Thursday against the Tigers.
Shields was a tough-luck loser Sunday versus Atlanta, allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks across 7.2 strong innings. He struck out two. Shields was rather efficient and needed just 93 pitches as he lasted into the eighth inning, but a pair of solo home runs against and a red-hot counterpart in Mike Foltenywicz handed him his first loss in four starts. After a beginning to his White Sox career that was nothing short of disastrous, Shields has turned in three consecutive quality starts and will look to build on his recent success after the All-Star break.
Shields held the Yankees to two runs on five hits in six innings Monday to earn his second win of the season. The Yankees' Chase Headley hit a two-run home run off Shields in the second, but then he kept them off the board after that. Shields has settled down a bit after beginning his White Sox tenure with a historically-bad three-start stretch. He has been an average-ish pitcher over his last three starts, with two wins, a 3.06 ERA and 11 K's in 17.2 innings.