Shields (4-6) earned a win Thursday despite allowing four runs on nine hits -- including three homers -- over six innings against the Tigers. He struck out seven and issued one walk. This was ugly and it could have been much worse; all three homers allowed were solo shots. The fact that he was the "victor" here speaks to the futility of the pitcher win. Shields did turn in a strong performance his last time out Sept. 9 against San Francisco, but the underlying numbers suggest Shields has been even worse over the course of the season than his 5.43 ERA would indicate. He faces the Astros in Houston next week.
Shields (3-6) earned the win over the Giants on Saturday, throwing seven innings and giving up just one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out five as the White Sox won 13-1. Shields' offense backed him with six home runs, and perhaps some are surprised that he only gave up one in this affair. Shields has posted four quality starts in his last seven efforts, but this was a near cupcake matchup, which any mixed fantasy player wanting to speculate should remember. The right-handed veteran next lines up for a road start against the Tigers next Thursday.
Shields (knee) will start against the Giants on Saturday. Shields left Monday's outing after being hit on the knee by a line drive, but won't miss any time and is good to go for Saturday's contest after receiving clean results from a postgame X-ray. The right-hander has a 5.72 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 91.1 innings in 2017.
Shields (knee) said he felt good Tuesday and expects to make his next scheduled start, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Shields exited Monday's game with a trainer after being struck in the knee by a line drive, but it doesn't appear the ailment will force him to miss a turn in the rotation. X-rays came back clean, and he checked out after Tuesday's workout, clearing the way for him to stay on schedule. His next start is lined up for Saturday against the Giants.
Shields was removed from Monday's game against the Indians with a right knee contusion, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Shields limped off the field with a trainer after being drilled by a comebacker in the seventh inning Monday. The good news is initial X-rays came back negative, so he may not be forced to miss his next turn in the rotation. Consider him day-to-day for now; his status will likely become clearer as he does some work in between starts.
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