Shields (4-10) picked up the win in Friday's 9-6 victory over the Royals, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over 6.2 innings while striking out seven. The veteran threw 67 of 109 pitches for strikes as he bounced back from a brutal performance in Houston in his last start. Shields will take a 4.43 ERA into the All-Star break, but even that mediocre number overstates how well he's actually pitched this season -- he's given up eight unearned runs in his last five starts.
Shields (3-10) allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits -- including two home runs -- and two walks while striking out nine across 5.2 innings to take the loss Saturday against the Astros. Shields was crushed by the Astros all game, allowing at least one run in four of the six innings he pitched. He was bitten by the long ball, though this was the first time he had allowed multiple home runs in five starts. Shields had allowed only seven earned runs in 31.1 innings across those five starts, so his recent track record indicates he deserves the benefit of the doubt after going up against one of the best offenses in the league Saturday.
Shields allowed one run on four hits and four walks while striking out three over 6.2 innings, taking a no-decision in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Reds. Shields, who overcame a rocky first inning that included a leadoff homer, a single and two walks, left after 88 pitches with a 2-1 lead. It was the fourth quality start in the last five outings for the 36-year-old right-hander, who lowered his ERA to 3.15 over the last 10 starts. He'll see a tougher opponent the next time out when he takes the mound Saturday against the Astros.
Shields (3-9) tossed seven shutout innings and allowed just four hits and two walks with five strikeouts to earn the victory Wednesday against the Twins. Shields used 13 groundball outs to take down the Twins in his first scoreless start of the season. He's starting to find a rhythm over the past month and change, as he now has seven quality starts in his last nine outings, a stretch in which he owns a 45:19 K:BB and 3.36 ERA over 59 innings. It's been a long time since we've seen Shields pitch well this consistently, and it would be understandable if fantasy owners are slow to believe, but this is finally starting to look like, if not vintage Shields, the pitcher who was still a solid mid-rotation option back in Kansas City half a decade ago. He'll start again Monday against the Reds.
Shields (2-9) took the loss against the Athletics in the first game of Friday's doubleheader, lasting 4.2 innings while allowing eight runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. He struck out four. A one-out fielding error in the second inning led to four of the unearned runs crossing the plate. A fielding error and a wild pitch in the fifth created the other two. Shields did little to help himself even considering the defensive miscues, though, and remains a risky start in most fantasy formats.