No Run Support for James Shields
Last night the Royals began their three game road series with the Oakland A’s. Despite having yet another spectacular outing from Kansas City’s ace, James Shields, the Royals lost 2-1 and handed Shields his fourth loss. The run support for James Shields has been weak all season.
With an ERA of 2.45, it would not be unbelievable if he had not yet recorded a loss. The Royals have failed to score runs while their ace has been on the bump. KC has recorded only nine runs in the starts that Shields has reached the eighth inning.
Shields cannot be enjoying repetitively pitching great and still winding up with the “L.” And, you have to wonder, if he will look to leave Kansas City if his numbers do not improve.
The Royals’ bats looked much improved last series against the Los Angeles Angels, however, their roller coaster hitting continued last night as they failed to put up more than a single run. To add insult to injury, David Lough recorded the only RBI in the game. Lough was just brought up from Triple-A on Friday to replace a hurt Jarrod Dyson, and this was his first start this season in the “big leagues.”
It would look as if I blew another prediction. I thought the the Royals’ hitting was on the verge of heating up as expressed in Royals’ Bats Began to Heat Up. I was wrong. The batting ups and downs continue and the “James Shields jinx” is alive and well.
- Royals’ Bats Began to Heat Up (jkansascity.wordpress.com)
- MLB: Oakland 2, Kansas City 1 (upi.com)
- Adam Rosales’ go-ahead homer lifts A’s past Royals (seattletimes.com)
- The James Shields Effect? (theshallowfly.wordpress.com)
- Game 43: Royals vs. A’s (athleticsposts.wordpress.com)