San Diego was supposed to be an ideal landing spot for James Shields. He'd get to face an NL lineup for the first time in his career -- and in a notorious pitcher's park, no less. But he had been pitching in pitcher's parks all along, so the bigger determinate for him turned out to be age -- or maybe mileage, more accurately. After averaging 233 innings the previous four seasons, he barely exceeded 200 in 2015 and lost a little more than 1 mph on his fastball, which seemed to exacerbate his home run problem. And since those innings were what gave him his ace status in the first place, the slide was especially steep. The increased strikeout rate is an interesting sidebar, but it's about the only thing keeping Shields among the top 40 starting pitchers for 2016.
Padres starting pitcher James Shields will not make his scheduled start Sunday, the Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin reports. He is not injured, but the Padres want to evaluate some of their other pitchers, so it will be a bullpen day. Shields can now be dropped in single-season leagues. It is unclear who will take the ball Sunday, but it will be difficult to peg which Padres reliever could be in position to qualify for a win.
Padres starter James Shields has suffered through several poor performances this season. But he has generally rebounded nicely in his next outing. The same held true Sunday in Philadelphia after he took a pounding in his previous effort against Washington. Shields bounced back to allow the Phillies only one run on six hits in seven innings to improve his record to 10-6. He walked one and fanned eight. Shields, whose lone hiccup was a home run by Cameron Rupp in the second inning, now owns a 3.78 ERA.
Padres starter James Shields struggled in his outing against the Nationals on Tuesday. The veteran right-hander allowed five runs on on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. He issued four walks and struck out two in the 8-3 loss. Shields (9-6, 3.89 ERA) was given a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but he allowed a game-tying home run to Wilson Ramos in the home-half of the frame. He gave up single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings, as he was never really able to settle in. Shields has now given up five runs in two of his last three starts.
Padres starter James Shields improved to 9-5 on the year with his first win since July 17, Tuesday against Atlanta. Shields was 0-2 with three no-decisions since his last win. After allowing eight runs in his last two starts, Shields pitched six scoreless innings on Tuesday. He walked two and struck out seven, giving him three straight starts with at least seven strikeouts.
Padres pitcher James Shields was not sharp during Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Reds. Shields received his fifth loss of the season after allowing five runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He also struck out seven and walked four. He is now 8-5 with a 3.89 ERA. Shields is winless in his last five starts, but has produced three quality starts in those outings.