KANSAS CITY, Mo. The more Wil Myers rakes the ball, the more some fans and critics will view it as open season on the Royals and general manager Dayton Moore.
Moore knows this. And so does right-hander James Shields.
Myers, once the Royals' top prospect, already has two homers, including a grand slam, a double, seven RBIs and is hitting .294 since his recall last week from Triple-A to the Tampa Bay Rays.
It's all a painful reminder to those opponents of Moore's blockbuster deal last December that sent Myers and prospects Mike Montgomery, Jake Odorizzi and Patrick Leonard to Tampa for Shields, right-hander Wade Davis and infielder Elliot Johnson.
Never mind that Shields has sported a sparkling 2.92 ERA through 16 starts. The Royals, critics argue, needed Myers for their struggling offense.
Shields understands the fickle nature of some fans or critics.
"Obviously last year the pitching staff didn't do too well here and fans were saying they wanted some better pitching," Shiel...