by John Viril—
Kansas City Royals pitcher James Shields simply isn’t getting the results he deserves. The Royals ace ended up with yet another no-decision in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Shields went 7.0 innings, gave up 2 runs on 7 hits, 2 BB, and struck out 6. He left the game trailing 2-0. Only Lorenzo Cain‘s heroic 2-run home run with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth saved Shields from his 5th consecutive defeat. Overall, Shields is 2-6 on the season with a 2.78 ERA.
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James Shields should be racking up the wins. Instead, Shields has won a mere two games after getting an average of 3.29 runs per game from his offense this season (tied for 20th lowest in MLB).
While unfortunate, James Shields is far from the most run-starved pitcher in the league. He’s not even the least supported starter in Kansas City. Ervin Santana holds that dubious honor. The Royals have scored a paltry 2.83 runs/game for Santana in his 12 starts this season. Ho...