Shields (1-2) got tagged for seven runs on eight hits in the shutout loss to the Astros on Friday, tallying four strikeouts and four walks. Shields was keeping the Astros in check through three, but then allowed five runs in the fourth by way of four hits and some sloppy defense. The other two runs charged to him came in the sixth, when reliever Danny Farquhar entered with a couple of Shields' guys on base and allowed them to come around on a George Springer double. Shields was last used in relief Wednesday in a 14-inning affair in Oakland (throwing 28 pitches), which could have affected his sharpness Friday. Even so, he's struggling to keep guys off the bases, allowing 27 hits in 23.1 innings while issuing 13 walks against 11 strikeouts. He'll next see the Mariners at home.
Shields will take the mound against the Astros on Friday. There was some speculation that Shields would need to be pushed back in the rotation after appearing in Wednesday's extra-inning loss to Oakland, but that won't be the case. The 36-year-old was actually tagged with the loss during that affair, as he gave up a game-winning hit to Matt Olson after recording the first two outs of the inning. Don't expect there to be any limitations for Friday's outing, though a matchup against Houston's offense is never an easy assignment.
Shields may have his next start -- which was scheduled for Friday -- pushed back after he pitched in Wednesday's extra-innings loss to the A's. The White Sox's starter, Carson Fulmer, lasted just one inning, so manager Rick Renteria was ultimately forced to turn to Shields in the 14th inning after running through his bullpen. Shields was hit with the loss after allowing a two-out, game-winning hit to Matt Olson. He only tossed 28 pitches, so the White Sox could choose to keep him on schedule for his Friday start, though with an off day Thursday, the team could also shift everyone in their rotation up by a day to afford Shields time before his next start.
Manager Rick Renteria said that Shields will make his next start Friday against the Astros, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Shields was originally in line to start Monday's game against the Athletics, but the postponement of the entire weekend series with the Twins threw a wrench in the White Sox's pitching plans. The veteran now lines up to face Justin Verlander in the series opener.
Shields allowed one run on four hits and five walks while striking out six over 6.1 innings in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Rays. Shields walked all five batters over the first two innings, but escaped trouble. The 36-year-old right-hander managed to rein in his wayward offerings over the final 4.1 innings, keeping the game close and giving his mates a chance to steal a comeback win. Apart from the walks, this was easily the best of Shields' three starts. He's next in line to pitch Monday on the road against the Athletics.