6 home runs
15 walks, 52 strikeouts, 3.5 strikeout to walk rate
4-2 won/loss record
How would you like to have a pitcher like that on the Rays’ roster right now to face the Rangers? Guess what – you do.
His name is James Shields and that is what he has done against the Rangers, Yankees, and Twins this year. Additionally, as Hanselman pointed out yesterday, the Rangers struggle against the change-up and curveball which are Shields’ two best pitches. Shields also pitches better at home than he does on the road and if you’ve followed this team long enough, Maddon is both loyal to his guys and the decisions he makes along with Andrew Friedman are extremely data driven.
Frankly, your reactions on Twitter to the news was extremely disappointing and downright embarrassing for the fanbase and does nothing but add to the national argument that this town only cares about what the Rays have done lately and will turn on the club at a moment’s notice. Stop it as you’re just embarrassing yourselves.