KANSAS CITY, Mo. Royals general manager Dayton Moore went searching for innings eaters to bolster his rotation last winter.
What he found were the poster boys for that term.
Right-handers James Shields and Ervin Santana so far have been everything they were advertised to be, and perhaps more.
Shields and Santana have gobbled up innings like Pac-Men, and are becoming statistical phenomenons this season: They are the only duo in all of baseball who have gone at least six innings in every start this season.
In fact, only one other pitcher in all of baseball Patrick Corbin of Arizona comes close to matching the streaks of Shields and Santana. But Corbin's streak of 12 straight games of six innings or more ended Wednesday night against the Dodgers.
Shields has gone at least six innings in all 14 starts. Santana, who pitches tonight at Tampa Bay, has gone at least six innings in all 12 starts. He would be going for 14 straight if not for the famous "snow out" at Kauffman Stadium w...