Now at 100; James Shields Needs Longevity For Chance at 300 Wins
James Shields has been everything that the Kansas City Royals could have wanted him to be in his first season with his new team. His win total is a bit lower than perhaps it should be but that isn’t out of the ordinary for Shields. His cumulative win total is now at the milestone 100 wins. That is a milestone for sure this day in time for starting pitchers. Still, the ultimate goal is the magic 300 and Shields will need a good final decade plus to have a chance at that number.
Shields pitches just fine but needs the kind of run support that he got during his 100th win, the majority of the time. Looking at his career, you would figure someone that averaged an ERA around 3.00 to 3.50 in the American League would win 15 plus games every season. That just isn’t the way it has happened for Shields. He wins just as many games per season now as he did when his ERA averaged from 4 to 5 earlier in his career.
Now that his performance is consistently good week in and week out, Shields should have a chance for 15 to 20 wins each season if he sticks with a winning ball-club. If he does that then he might be able to have a chance to end up somewhere between 250 and 300 wins. Anymore, with most starters coming out after the sixth inning, 250 would be Cooperstown worthy in my opinion. He is obviously one of the better pitchers in the game and shows no signs of slowing down.