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James Shields has struggled to get support from his team.
James Shield is hands down the best pitcher in baseball with a losing record in 2013.
Despite a 2-3 mark, he's maintaining a 2.48 ERA and has a team-high 53 strikeouts. But his team has given him little to no support almost all year.
Shields has started eight games this year, and the Royals have scored four or more runs in those games only three times.
What's really astonishing is that Shields should have two wins against divisional rival Chicago. Against the White Sox this season, Shields has pitched 14 innings and given up just ten hits and one earned run. The Royals have lost both those games.
In the first game against Chicago on Opening Day, Shields went six innings and only gave up one run. But Chris Sale of the White Sox threw a complete-game shutout to beat the Royals 1-0.
Then on May 6, Shields threw eight shutout innings before Ned Yost put in closer Greg Holland. Holland blew the save and the Royals lost 2-1 in extra innings.
Another game Shields should have won came on April 13 against the Blue Jays. The Royals' ace threw a complete game and only gave up two hits. However, one of them was a two-run homer, and the Royals lost the game 3-2.
The Royals went all in on Shields this offseason when they traded for him. So far Shields has delivered, but Kansas City's bats have to start supplementing Shields' good starts.