If you have paid attention to the season the Kansas City Royals have had you might feel the same way that I do. It seems sometimes that they can’t decide whether they want to win the division or fall like a rock to the bottom of it. Sometimes they look like one of the best teams in Major League Baseball and then they can turn around and look completely beatable and almost bad. Lately their trend has been more towards the negative side of that coin. Sunday they will look to their ace pitcher James Shields to be the stopper of their four game losing streak. There is only one problem with that plan.
Shields is a great pitcher and is certainly having a great year for the most part. That isn’t the problem. The problem is that the Royals are in the American League which means that Shields literally can do absolutely nothing to help himself from the offensive side of things. See, if the Royals don’t score any runs when Shields is on the mound, it doesn’t really matter if he throws seven no-hitters in a row. The other team will eventually score a run and win the game.
The Royals have got to give this guy some run support. Seriously it is getting to a ridiculous point in the last four starts. Shields has given up six total runs in his last four games. What does he have to show for those outings? A low ERA. While the Royals are on a four game losing streak, Shields is on a four game no-decision streak.
On Sunday he definitely is stud enough to shutout his opponent for seven to nine innings. Sadly, to win in baseball you have to score runs as well. The Royals can probably win tomorrow and stop their losing streak if they score three or more runs. Will they do it? Who knows? It would be almost poetic justice if they scored five runs and Shields gave up six. I think they have it coming.