White Sox: Five Takeaways from Series With Marlins

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Aug 12, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton (1) hits a single during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 12, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton (1) hits a single during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 2, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields (25) walks off the field after the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 2, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields (25) walks off the field after the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

James Shields Has Another Rough Start

The Marlins jumped on Shields for seven earned runs on Saturday, as the starter only lasted three innings pitched before departing. This was Shields third consecutive poor outing, and it appears the once good pitcher has regressed. In his last three starts, Shields has given up a total of 21 earned runs.

The White Sox surely needed more out of Shields after his career with the team got off to a shaky start. Although Shields pitched six consecutive quality starts after that poor stretch, he’s regressed horribly and the results haven’t been pretty. Shields hasn’t pitched more than five innings in his last three starts. His longest start in this stretch was five innings pitched against the Detroit Tigers on August 2.

In order for the White Sox to continue winning series moving forward this season, they will need better outings from Shields. If his last three starts are any indication of his future performances, the team can expect more bad outings. This was a bad trade by the White Sox, and its looking like Shields won’t get any better.

Next: Bullpen Does Great Job Picking Up Shields

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