White Sox veteran starting pitcher allows no earned runs while posting another quality start in win over Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields had yet another impressive start on Wednesday. In the team’s 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, Shields recorded his fourth quality start of the month while allowing no earned runs in seven innings pitched.
Shields has been solid this season for the Sox as his record sits at 3-9 with a 4.29 ERA after Wednesday’s outing. Many fans might not think a losing record and an ERA above four is good, but considering that Shields has dealt with inconsistency in his first two seasons with the Sox, his 2018 is proving to be his best year with the team.
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In his start against Minnesota on Wednesday, Shields recorded five strikeouts while allowing just two walks and four hits. This was the first time this season that Shields didn’t allow an earned run in any outing. Although he has a losing record, Shields has been going deep into games very often this season which has helped the Sox bullpen.
Shields has made 18 starts this season and has only pitched less than six innings in four outings thus far. In the month of June, Shields has made five starts where he pitched six innings or more. Up until June 22, Shields pitched six innings or more in 11 consecutive starts for the Sox.
The Sox are starting to finally benefit from a productive Shields on the mound. Shields is starting to increase his potential trade value as he is in the final year of his contract and could be traded by the end of July. If Shields can continue pitching deep into games and limiting scoring from the opposition, he might find himself pitching for a contending team sooner rather than later.