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Shields throws a curve at Maddon, Cubs

James Shields has been using his curveball this season at about double the rate he’s done in previous seasons. PITCHf/x data reveals that he’s throwing the pitch 23% of the time compared to 12% in each of his previous two seasons. Shields discussed his curveball usage with U-T San Diego: "The last few years, I haven't really had my curveball. I think the beginning of the season...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Hold on for 4-3 Win Over Chicago Cubs

San Diego Padres starting pitcher James Shields throws to a Chicago Cubs batter during the first inning in a baseball game Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in San Diego. (Mandatory Credit: Gregory Bull/AP) In a season where their pitching staff has been under heavy criticism, the San Diego Padres were able to get a much-needed 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, after starter...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

These Are Not The Pitchers We Were Promised

The idea behind this off-seasons major offensive overhaul was that the Padres had one area of strength upon which to build. Pitching. In 2014 the Padres pitching staff is almost entirely to credit with the team winning as many games as they did (which, admittedly, weren’t many but far more than a team that hit as poorly as they did should win). 10th in MLB in WAR, 6th in xFIP,...
Via Padres Public
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres' James Shields not planning to wear AL Championship ring yet

James Shields received his American League Championship ring on Tuesday when Royals GM Dayton Moore flew into Seattle. Shields had some interesting comments about the 10-karat white gold ring."I’m probably not going to be wearing both those (AL championship rings) until I get the World Series ring," the Padres right-hander said.It’s the second AL championship ring he’s received...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields looks to win his 5th decision in a row Wednesday night

Despite struggling with the home run in his last two starts, James Shields is in position to become the first San Diego pitcher in eight seasons to win his first five decisions. To get there for the third time in his career, however, he likely must contain a Seattle Mariners team that matched the franchise's single-game homer mark at Safeco Field to open this two-game series. Looking...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields, Padres look to bounce back after Thursday night defeat

James Shields used some help from his teammates last time out to remain unbeaten despite his worst performance of the season. Shields might not be as fortunate should he struggle again Friday night, given the San Diego Padres' recent difficulties at the plate while facing the hot-hitting Arizona Diamondbacks. Shields (3-0, 3.72 ERA) gave up five runs -- four coming on three homers...
Via Fox Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

James Shields on his Changeup, Longevity, and Age

Look at James Shields‘ stats this year and you might get a David Wooderson vibe. He keeps getting older and his stats stay the same. This year, the 33-year-old is even at career highs in ways that tend to become meaningful quickly. Some of it is about staying the same, sure, but there have been […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres to offer James Shields $72-$80M

By Vincent Frank. Could we finally be nearing the end of the James Shields free agency marathon? Jon Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the San Diego Padres final offer for Shields is between $72 and $80 million over four seasons. Shields, 32, is the last big-name free agent on the open market and hasn’t drawn the interest he expected after struggling big time for the Kansas...
Via Sportsnaut
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

James Shields need to adjust his contract expectations

We’re just a few days away from the beginning of February, and James Shields is still a free agent. Shields is far and away the best free agent left on the market, and while we’ve seen pitchers dangle in the wind this deep into the offseason before (Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kyle Lohse, Ervin Santana to name four), they all had more red flags than Shields. Yet, Shields...
Via The Outside Corner
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

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