The Mighty Trow wrote:i hate to bench mine, too. but i look at Shields' last start against hte Sox as an abnormality. i was thrilled when pitched that well (even though he was benched for me) but idon't see this becoming a habit of his.
fwiw, many of the talking heads have been arguing to sell him based on FIP - k's are down, walks and HRs are up. something isn't right, that much is for sure. maybe too many innings last season?
whatever the case, i'm benching a home run prone hitter against a home run happy lineup.
after his last start he mentioned that it was the first time this season he felt he really had his change up working and was controlling it well. he said once that happens everything tends to fall in line. i'm not too worried about him this season, i think he'll be fine, he just has a pretty poor record at fenway so i think i'm gonna keep him benched.