I know that a seven game winning streak is great and all but I am greedy and won’t be happy if it doesn’t get to eight

On tap tonight for the streaking Pittsburgh Pirates: James Shields, who is somehow 6-0 despite having allowed 15 home runs in 62 1/3 innings. That is an insane home run rate. Ian Kennedy came into last night’s start with an insane home run rate, and the Pirates certainly knew what to do with him. I’m not sure what to think about Francisco Liriano tonight now that Petco Park...
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Shields looks to go 7-0 for first time in career

James Shields is off to one of the best starts of his 10-year career, but he still might have a hard time cooling off the Pittsburgh Pirates. As the San Diego Padres' right-hander looks to go 7-0 for the first time, he'll try to keep the visiting Pirates from an eighth straight victory Friday night. Jung Ho Kang's first-inning, three-run homer was one of three hit by Pittsburgh ...
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Daily Pitcher Duels: May 29

All 30 teams are back in action on this baseball Friday, as there are a couple of good matchups to take you into your weekend. Check ’em out: Francisco Liriano (PIT) vs. James Shields (SDP) 10:10 p.m. ET Liriano’s biggest blowup of the season came in his penultimate start, and it came against an oddly familiar foe, as the Twins bludgeoned him for seven earned runs in just...
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MLB Quick Hits: Nats' Werth out until at least August

Jayson Werth's bruised left wrist is actually a fractured left wrist, per a new exam on Thursday. Werth is not expected to return before August, and you can feel free to waive him in shallow redraft leagues. The Nats' website sees a continued rotation of Tyler Moore, Michael Taylor and Clint Robinson replacing Werth in left field, but the Washington Post beat writer seems to think...
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LEADING OFF: Harvey hopes to bounce back, Shields unbeaten

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday: --- OFF THE MATT Mets ace Matt Harvey starts vs. Miami at Citi Field, trying to bounce back from the worst start of his young career. He gave up seven runs in four innings last weekend at Pittsburgh, prompting manager Terry Collins to say Harvey might be dealing with a ''dead arm'' issue. MAY BE MORE Nationals star Bryce...
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Padres pitcher James Shields says he loves to hit

James Shields sounds like he’s happy to be pitching in the National League because he gets a chance to swing the bat. He may only be a .197 hitter in 71 career at-bats, but on Tuesday he told MLB.com, "I love hitting, man -- I absolutely love it.”The right-hander marveled at Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner’s recent homer off of the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. He said:"That was...
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James Shields leading Padre pitchers in run support

Earlier this season, Padres manager Bud Black called James Shields “just as advertised.” He’s currently 6-0 and leads the National League in strikeouts (82) through 10 starts. Yet he hasn’t been as perfect as those numbers indicate, with his 3.75 ERA and 15 home runs given up.The negative though has been neutralized by the amount of runs the Padres have scored in his starts...
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Justin Upton's slam, 6 RBIs lead Shields, Padres over Dodgers

  Justin Upton erupted Sunday, in a positive way for the San Diego Padres. Upton hit a grand slam and drove in six runs as the Padres broke loose, backing unbeaten James Shields in an 11-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. A day after being ejected for arguing balls and strikes, Upton tied his career high for RBIs. He hit a slam in the first inning before Carlos Frias recorded an...
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Justin Upton's slam, 6 RBIs lead Shields, Pads over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Justin Upton hit a grand slam and drove in six runs as the San Diego Padres broke loose Sunday, backing unbeaten James Shields in an 11-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres had totaled just three runs in losing four straight games. Upton hit a slam in the first inning before Carlos Frias recorded an out and Will Middlebrooks later homered to help stake...
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James Shields on pace for eye-popping strikeout, home run totals

With a quarter of the MLB season done now, USA Today points out a number of eye-popping statistics through 40 games. Among them are a couple regarding Padres pitcher James Shields. The right-hander has allowed 14 home runs and 75 strikeouts through his first nine starts. According to USA Today, he’s on pace to give up 55 homers and strike out 296 batters.Shields did lead the American...
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Royals Expecting Too Much Too Soon from 23-Year-Old Yordano Ventura

What a difference a year makes.The defending American League Champion Kansas Royals ended a dreadful 28-season playoff drought last year before losing Game Seven to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. Are the Royals expecting too much from Ventura? The story of the Royals’ historical season began in Spring Training. The Royals were looking for someone to fill in as...
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Daily DraftKings Picks: Thursday, May 21

On Tuesday I recommended a Rangers stack at Wade Miley and the Red Sox with the wind blowing out to left field. I also recommended Anibal Sanchez against the Brewers. Well, the Rangers were so-so and Sanchez blew up for about -7 points. Below is a screenshot of Tuesday’s Official Lineup with one notable change — it has James Shields instead of Sanchez. Why am I showing the Shields...
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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...
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Padres scouting director unfazed by drafting first at No. 51

When Mark Conner took over the job of Padres scouting director last November, the Padres were set to pick at No. 13 and No. 41 overall. Now the team won’t be picking until the secong round at No. 51 overall, thanks to A.J. Preller’s offseason moves. Although initially resistant to lose the 13th pick in exchange for James Shields, Conner has a positive spin on it now, according...
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Fantasy Baseball - Quality Starts vs Wins

View image | gettyimages.com If your fantasy baseball league still has Wins as a category, it is time to have a league meeting.  The W is sometimes not earned and can EASILY be taken away from a starter who had a phenomenal outing, or even handed to your closer that just blew a save!Below are the top 30 pitchers, according to our scoring system, and shows the difference between...
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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...
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What Happened to the Padres Dominant Pitching Staff?

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross wipes his face as rain falls, after Ross faced one Washington Nationals batter before a rain delay was called during the first inning in a baseball game Thursday, May 14, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Last season the San Diego Padres finished second in the National League in team ERA with an impressive 3.27 mark. The pitching...
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Cubs' Bryant returns to San Diego to face Shields, Padres

In James Shields' first matchup with the Chicago Cubs, he silenced the crowd at Wrigley Field and spoiled the introduction of phenom Kris Bryant. Now a mainstay in the middle of Chicago's order, Bryant gets another chance against Shields when the Cubs open a three-game series against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park. Bryant had a difficult major league debut April...
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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (21-16) at San Diego Padres (19-20)

The Cubs face the Padres for the second (and presumably final) time this year. It’s a west coast roadtrip, one of the few times I’m glad that I don’t live in the greatest time zone. I should be able to catch all of these games, or at least fall asleep on the couch around the eight innings or so. Or drive to see some of them in person Team leaders Current and projected listed...
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Cubs-Padres Preview

In James Shields' first matchup with the Chicago Cubs, he silenced the crowd at Wrigley Field and spoiled the introduction of phenom Kris Bryant. Now a mainstay in the middle of Chicago's order, Bryant gets another chance against Shields when the Cubs open a three-game series against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park. Bryant had a difficult major league debut April...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres rotation leads majors in quality starts

You’d think that leading the league in quality starts would mean that you have a great rotation. However, thus far the Padres’ rotation has underachieved compared to last year and preseason expectations. As Padres writer Bill Center points out, a “quality start” means allowing up to three runs in six innings which equates to a 4.50 ERA.Despite leading the majors with 21 quality...
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Five Links: May 15, 2015

Here’s some stuff I read this week that you might enjoy: Notes from the Field (Baseball Prospectus) – Chris King tells the story of Colt Daninos, a high school pitcher who has faced some adversity, to put it mildly: “Colt was born with a rare disease known as DiGeorge Syndrome. It is caused by a missing chromosome in his body and has many symptoms, including neuromuscular...
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Bud Black: James Shields 'just as advertised'

While the Padres’ rotation hasn't been as good as advertised -- with an ERA of 4.22 after being second-best in the NL last year at 3.27 -- James Shields has been, according to manager Bud Black. Although Shields’ ERA is a rather high 3.91, he is now 5-0 after beat the Mariners on Wednesday. Black told USA Today, "He's just what we needed.'' In addition to the five wins, he...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Vedder Cupping 2015 Game 35 (SD at SEA)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub throwing shade at those dirty, stinking Mariners. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking from the Vedder Cup. The Padres (18-17) scored more runs than the Seattle Mariners (15-18) yesterday, 4-2, at Safeco Field to pull even in the 2015 Vedder Cup. James Shields (5-0, 3...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

James Shields goes to 5-0 as Padres beat Mariners 4-2

SEATTLE (AP) James Shields became the first San Diego pitcher since 2007 to start the season 5-0, Will Middlebrooks homered for the first time in nearly a month, and the Padres ended the Seattle Mariners four-game win streak, 4-2 on Wednesday night. Middlebrooks' solo homer leading off the third inning was his fourth of the season and first since April 19. Cory Spangenberg added...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss
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