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Shields just keeps completing games

Posted on: September 5, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 10:37 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields had only five complete games in his entire career coming into the season. He hadn't completed his own start since June 10, 2008, and that was of the eight-inning variety (a loss on the road). The last time he'd thrown all nine innings was May 9, 2008. So, basically, you could have gotten pretty good odds had you wanted to place a prop bet somewhere that Shields would lead the majors in complete games this season.

And if you found some place willing to give fair odds in a legal wager, you'd be on the cusp of wealth.

Monday, Shields threw his 11th complete game of the season, in what what was his 29th start. He entered the season with a rate of about one complete game in every 30 starts. This season, he's completed games more frequently than once every three starts. The second-most complete games in the AL at this point is less than half Shields' total, as Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has five. No one else in the more-offensive AL has more than four. Roy Halladay is the NL leader with seven, while Cliff Lee has six and Clayton Kershaw has five. Save a huge finish for Halladay -- during which time Shields would have to stop completing his own games -- James Shields will be the 2011 leader in complete games. And it probably won't even be close.

Even more impressive -- via Stats, Inc. -- is that the 11 complete games marks the most in a season since Randy Johnson completed 12 in 1999.

In every baseball season, we see our fair share of minor and major upsets. In 2011, Complete Game James has to qualify as one of the biggest.

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Shields just keeps completing games

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Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Shields just keeps completing games

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Shields just keeps completing games

Exactly how does the DH save American league pitchers?  



Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Shields just keeps completing games

REALLY? This is a valid question???? If so, go back to watching soccer. **shakes head in disblief**



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Shields just keeps completing games

In Shields complete games he has been outstanding though, I looked at all his games, he got run support in almost all of those complete games and early. It certainly helps, he earned all of them with outstanding pitching, a little luck from the bats always helps keep the pitcher in! He is a lot like Cliff Lee, once in a while gets rocked, but dominates so often!
 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Shields just keeps completing games

DH rule so even though Shields has done an amazing job it is not even a close comparison to the NL method of late inning pitching. If you need an example than you dont know baseball. Late innings say 7-8-9th innings. Game is close. Your tied, up or down a run and you have a baserunner or two on and you need a run. In most situations you put a pinch hitter in to replace the bat of the pitcher removing him from the game. It is a wise move to take the lead. In the AL you use DH so the pitcher is never faced with this situation. I have seen Halladay and Lee replaced in the 7th, 8th, and 9th just because of this. It is common play in the NL to do this because the pitchers bat. While Shields is doing a fantastic job, the DH helps inflate that stat. However, hats off to him because finishing a game is always nice for a pitcher!


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Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Shields just keeps completing games

Exactly how does the DH save American league pitchers? 


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