What a year it has been for James Shields. The guy, in less than a year, has gone from Big Game to No Game back to Big Game and now Complete Game Shields.
The guy is now in some rare company. Since the turn of the century, only 16 pitchers had six complete games in a season. Complete Game has done that before the All Star break.
Though this may be heresy to suggest, one wonders what kind of smile breaks the face of Andrew Friedman thinking about what kind of a haul he could get for Complete Game at the trade deadline. Let’s be honest, right now Complete Game’s trade value has never been higher.
Of course, this is not on the mind of Merlot Joe and the Rays wizard of a manager may have stumbled onto something tonight, other than Complete Game.
SRod led off and had one of the best games he’s had that Joe can remember. Three hits in four at-bats, scoring a pair of runs and stealing a base is a full evening.
Speaking of droughts, when is the last time the Rays had hits from the top four hitters in the lineup (including Bossman)? Strange but Joe hopes Merlot Joe tries it again.