James Shields’ Struggles Continued Against Twins
The James Shields experiment has been a disaster for the Sox. With another poor outing from Shields on Saturday, Sox fans have to be wondering why the front office made the trade for him in the first place. Shields lasted just two innings on Saturday and gave up three home runs to the Twins. This was Shields fifth consecutive start without a decision.
After pitching a gem against the Cubs on July 26, Shields hasn’t won a decision since. The veteran pitcher hasn’t been anywhere close to duplicating that start against the Cubs where he pitched eight scoreless innings. Instead, Shields has reverted back to the struggling pitcher the Sox foolishly traded for in early June.
In his previous start against the Tigers on August 29, Shields gave up four earned runs and two home runs. Although he was charged with two earned runs against the Twins, he forced the Sox to deplete its bullpen yet again. If this continues, the Sox might need to explore the possibility of releasing Shields at the end of the season. This would make the team look even more foolish as they could have kept John Danks for less money owed moving into 2017.
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