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Entries in James Shields (8)


Bill Chuck’s Friday Nine to Know

  1. October 31 is Halloween and Game 6 of the World Series is scheduled. Wouldn’t it be neat if the orange and black Orioles were visiting the orange and black Giants that night?
  2. With a runner on third and less than two outs, Buster Posey has gone 22-for-37 (.595) and a MLB-leading 42 RBI.Overall, with runners on third Posey is hitting .481; .529 against lefties, .459 against righties
  3. This is Derek Jeter’s 18thconsecutive season playing for an over .500 ballclub.
  4. On 3-0 counts, Albert Pujols is 0-for-8.
  5. The Rays will set a new AL record for strikeouts (the good kind) tonight. They enter their game with James Shields on the mound and 1,264 Ks for the season, two short of record held by the 2001 Yankees.
  6. With 256 sac bunts, Omar Vizquel is the only active player in the top 150 sac bunters all-time. Vizquel is tied for 35th all-time with Johnny Evers and Edd Roush. Vizquel is retiring at the end of the season.
  7. New York (86-63) matched its season high of 23 games over .500.
  8. Chipper Jones has had 18 consecutive seasons of at least 10 homers since 1995.
  9. Of Adam Dunn’s 104 hits, 39 were homers, a percentage of 37.5. If 37.5% of Derek Jeter’s 202 hits were homers, he would have 76.

Big Game James

James Shields entered Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox with his team facing the possiblity of getting swept in four straight at Fenway.  He certainly stepped up, holding the Red Sox to no runs and four hits while striking out five over 8.1 innings.

James Shields vs. Red Sox LHB, April 16th, 2012James Shields vs. Red Sox RHB, April 16th, 2012Last year, Shields relied on his fastball only 35.3% of the time; fairly low compared to the league average of 46.2%.  Last night, he mixed up his pitches quite well, and in fact only threw 14 fastballs, accounting for just 14.8% of his total pitches.

In addition, Shields made sure to keep the ball away from righties yesterday, as you can see from the above graphic. Take a look at where RHB hurt him most in 2011:

James Shields vs. RHB, 2011 Regular SeasonShields really limited right-handed batters in 2011 by hitting that outside part of the zone. He followed this pattern yesterday and as a result, the Tampa Bay Rays got a much needed 1-0 victory.


A-Rod vs. Shields

MLB Offense from March 30, 2011 - April 14, 2011 (click to enlarge)

Through the first two weeks of the 2011 season, A-Rod was mashing. He faces a tough pitcher today in James Shields. Shields' curve has become one of his most effective pitches; opposing batters have a swing-and-miss rate of 30.8% against it since the start of 2011.

Rodriguez has struggled against curveballs, posting a .284 wOBA on the pitch in 2011. If Shields can get ahead of A-Rod in the count, the Yankees third baseman should see a heavy dose of them.