New year, new results for James Shields

Rays right-hander off to a very good start after enduring a disappointing 2010 season

Originally Published: May 12, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher James Shields is living proof that a man's self-esteem and All-Star aspirations rise or fall in inverse proportion to his BABIP. You won't find that link anywhere in "The Bill James Handbook' or any other Sabermetric source, but it's a fact of life around the ballpark.

For the past five years, Shields has been a staple in the Rays' rotation and a more accomplished pitcher than his middling national profile suggests. Since 2007, Shields is one of only five major league ...

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