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Old 05-18-2018, 06:40 PM
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Default An interesting James Shields anomaly

James Shields's OPS against in the 1st inning: 1.028

He has an OPS against of no higher than .650 (7th inning) in any other inning, and he has OPS against values under .600 in innings 3-6, with the 2nd inning barely above .600 at .609. Perhaps those results are happening because Shields is putting less pressure on himself after the game gets out of hand, but what if they aren't? What if there is something about the 1st inning that brings out the absolute worst in him, and fixing the problem would unlock a serviceable pitcher?

Any ideas on what Shields can try in an effort to correct his 1st inning woes?
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:53 PM
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James Shields's OPS against in the 1st inning: 1.028

He has an OPS against of no higher than .650 (7th inning) in any other inning, and he has OPS against values under .600 in innings 3-6, with the 2nd inning barely above .600 at .609. Perhaps those results are happening because Shields is putting less pressure on himself after the game gets out of hand, but what if they aren't? What if there is something about the 1st inning that brings out the absolute worst in him, and fixing the problem would unlock a serviceable pitcher?

Any ideas on what Shields can try in an effort to correct his 1st inning woes?
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:09 PM
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He could try the old Danny Wright thing and throw a simulated inning in the bullpen. Worked pretty good for him. . . Not.
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:11 PM
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Also, based on observations (havenít looked at the stats) it seems that all the Sox starters might be suffering from this same ailment. Itís almost a given that theyíre down 4-0 after the first inning.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:54 PM
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:26 PM
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James Shields's OPS against in the 1st inning: 1.028

He has an OPS against of no higher than .650 (7th inning) in any other inning, and he has OPS against values under .600 in innings 3-6, with the 2nd inning barely above .600 at .609. Perhaps those results are happening because Shields is putting less pressure on himself after the game gets out of hand, but what if they aren't? What if there is something about the 1st inning that brings out the absolute worst in him, and fixing the problem would unlock a serviceable pitcher?

Any ideas on what Shields can try in an effort to correct his 1st inning woes?
Stan Bahnsen and Freddy Garcia had the same issues, both tried warming up longer before the game started but I don't know if that helped any.
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Old 05-19-2018, 04:48 AM
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Are first innings on the road more the issue or does the he have the same first inning numbers at home?
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:57 AM
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Are first innings on the road more the issue or does the he have the same first inning numbers at home?
Road: 3 starts; 9 first inning runs (4, 1, and 4)

Home starts: 6 starts; 0 first inning runs
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:48 PM
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Any ideas on what Shields can try in an effort to correct his 1st inning woes?
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Old 05-28-2018, 01:10 AM
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Maybe the Tampa Bay treatment would work with him.
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Old 05-28-2018, 07:31 AM
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I seem to recall that when he was a stud hurler, the book on him was "get to him early."
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Old 05-28-2018, 12:40 PM
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Say what you want about James and his suckage while being here, he's pitched his way this season from being a for sure DFA in June/July release to now a possible trade candidate.
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Old 05-28-2018, 05:50 PM
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I seem to recall that when he was a stud hurler, the book on him was "get to him early."
Isnít that the book on every ace?
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