Kansas City Royals
Career W-L
114-90
 
Career ERA
3.72
Name  James Shields
Born  12/20/1981
Height  6-4
Weight  220
Number  33
Position  SP
Bats  R
Throws  R
10/18/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields will start Game 1 of the World Series.
Insight: Manager Ned Yost made the announcement on Saturday, and it should come as no surprise. Yordano Ventura will get the nod in Game 2, and will likely be followed by Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie.
 
10/11/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James "Big Game" Shields is not really living up to his name this postseason.
Insight: This is Shields' third outing for the Royals this playoffs and for the second time he failed to go past the fifth inning. He gave up four runs on 10 hits and walked a batter against Baltimore on Friday. Shields, however, is 1-0 in those three starts and Kansas City has won all three games.
 
10/10/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James "Big Game" Shields went 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.071 WHIP in two starts versus the Orioles.
Insight: Shields beat the Orioles 3-2 back in April and 6-3 in May going seven innings in both outings.
 
10/1/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields allowed four runs over five plus innings in the Royals' 9-8 thrilling victory over the Athletics in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Shields tossed up a two-run bomb to Brandon Moss four batters into the game, but he settled down nicely to have a couple 1-2-3 innings. He started the sixth, but manager Ned Yost took him out after Shields allowed a single and walk to start the inning. Relief starting pitcher Yordano Ventura then gave up another home run to Moss and officially closed the book on Shields. Kansas City rallied in the eighth, ninth and 12th to win, 9-8. Shields expects to start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday.
 
9/30/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields gave up three earned runs in each of his last three outings (0-1 with two no-decisions), so isn't coming into the playoff game throwing his best.
Insight: Shields was 1-0 in two starts against Oakland this season with a 3.21 ERA and stunning 0.857 WHIP.
 
9/20/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields took a tough loss Saturday afternoon against Detroit.
Insight: He pitched extremely well, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, while striking out six. Unfortunately, Shields was matched up against Max Scherzer, who was slightly better. He heads into his next start with a 14-8 record and a 3.18 ERA.
 
Hot9/15/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields has pitched like an ace all season, and has even taken his game to another level, lately.
Insight: He has been almost unhittable during his previous three starts (2-0, 0.40 ERA and 0.54 WHIP). Plug him into your lineup with confidence, as Kansas City continues their playoff push.
 
Hot9/11/2014 12:27:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields pitched seven shutout innings against the Tigers on Wednesday as Kansas City moved back into sole possession of first place in the AL Central.
Insight: Shields limited Detriot to two hits and a walk while striking out eight. In hist last start, Shields pitched eight and 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Shields has allowed just one run in his last 22 and 1/3 innings. They call him "Big Game James" for a reason. "Big Game James" should remain in your fantasy lineup, no questions asked.
 
Hot9/5/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields pitched eight and 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, striking out six and walking none, as the Royals beat the Yankees, 1-0 on Friday.
Insight: Shields picked up his first win in three starts but in his last two starts, Shields has pitched 15 and 1/3 innings and allowed just one run on eight hits. Shields is heating up just when fantasy owners need him. He improved his record to 13-7 and has a 3.23 ERA this year.
 
Hot8/14/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields has been everything the team hoped for both on and off the field when they traded for him in 2013.
Insight: Shields improved to 11-6 last Saturday with his first shutout as a member of the Royals. He's helped lead the suddenly hot Royals into first place with a 1.20 ERA and 0.866 WHIP over his last four starts.
 
Hot8/9/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields posted his first career shutout as a member of the Royals, yielding just four hits and a walk Saturday night.
Insight: Shields improved to 11-6 and lowered his ERA to 3.25. He hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a game since July 1, though he's only 2-2 during that span.
 
Hot7/23/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields has recorded a 2.02 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a 28/3 K/BB in 26 2/3 innings over his last four starts.
Insight: Shields lasted seven innings and allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven in a no decision Wednesday at Chicago. He's back on track after getting roughed up in eight starts from May 24 to July 1 (5.66 ERA, 1.62 WHIP).
 
7/7/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields threw his best start since June 8 Monday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Shields struck out 10, walked one and allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings to improve to 9-4. He had a 5.66 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP and 33 Ks in 49 1/3 innings over his previous eight starts.
 
Cold7/7/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields has very good season-long numbers (8-4, 3.93 ERA), but he's struggled in his last three outings.
Insight: Shields has yielded four earned runs or more against Seattle, Minnesota and the Dodgers and faces a Tampa Bay team that has won 10 of its last 12 and averaged 5.08 runs per contest over that span.
 
6/8/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields allowed one unearned run in six innings Sunday against New York.
Insight: He also had eight strikeouts, his most since May 13th against Colorado. Shields (7-3, 3.44 ERA) is undefeated in his last seven starts.
 
Cold6/3/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields didn't have good command Tuesday against the Cardinals and ended up allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits with four walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Insight: Shields has allowed seven homers, walked six and given up 15 earned runs on 26 hits over 18 1/3 innings his last three starts. He's 6-3 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP and will try to turn things around Sunday against the Yankees.
 
Hot5/13/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields ran his record to 5-3 with a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Insight: Shields held the high-powered Rockies to one run on five hits and struck out eight with zero walks in seven innings. He has a 2.54 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP this season. The right-hander had a strong year in 2013 as well but didn't win his fifth game until July 26.
 
Hot5/7/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields was on fire Wednesday against the Padres.
Insight: Shields (4-3, 2.70 ERA) scattered seven hits over seven shutout innings. He's now 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA over his last five appearances. Take away an eight-run outing against the Tigers last week and that ERA dips to 1.05.
 
Hot4/17/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Kansas City ace James Shields shut down Houston on Thursday night.
Insight: Shields delivered 12 punchouts in eight innings of work as the Royals won by a score of 5-1. Thursday was the right-hander's first victory since September 27th.
 
Hot3/23/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields has struck out 24 batters without issuing a walk in 20 2/3 innings during spring training.
Insight: Shields had a 3.15 ERA, a 1.24 ERA and a 196/68 K/BB in 228 2/3 innings last season. He has thrown at least 203 1/3 frames in each of the last seven seasons and is a very safe mid-tier option who is undervalued (Yahoo ADP: 94).