There were some question marks going into the season about Shields move to Kansas City and how it would affect his game - worse defense and higher peripherals. After 16 starts it easy to say he has proven the doubters wrong with how he's pitched this year - 2.92 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 99 K in 111 Innings. If anything he's pitched just about as well as he ever has.
But there is one glaring hole in his game - one biting, gut-wrenching ulcer that no fantasy manager can escape - He has 2 wins in 16 starts. I compare him to Cliff Lee of 2012 because Lee had 6 wins last year despite nearly identical numbers. Through 16 starts Lee had 1 win despite a 3.72 ERA. He finished with 5 wins in his last 14 starts that produced a 2.53 ERA.
Shields has gone 10 straight starts without a win, where he is 0-4 with a 2.87 ERA. The Royals have scored 58 runs in his starts for a run support of 3.62, but in the last 10 starts they have scored 28 runs, for a RS of 2.8. What's more, the Royals are 8-8 in Shields starts and have scored most of their runs AFTER he has left the game tied or behind. The Bullpen is 6-2 when Shields starts. The Royals have won Shields' last 5 starts and he has no wins for any of them.
I have Shields on 2 teams and at this point I pretty much expect a 7IP, 2 ER, 7K, 8 BR no win every time. Very, very frustrating, especially when the rest of my pitching staff on those teams is also win-deprived.