The storylines for tonight's game couldn't be much better.
The only thing that matters tonight is that this is what James Shields was brought here for. On Sunday afternoon the Royals were coming off a 9-0 win over the Cleveland Indians, sat alone atop the AL Central and were looking very good doing it. Two ugly losses later and they are stuck in second place behind the suddenly surging Tigers. Cue all of the "here we go again" crowd.
If Dayton Moore is to be justified in the trade, the Royals need to be a playoff contender. In order to do that, they have to avoid those nasty 7+ game losing streaks that they seem to find every year. And to do that, they need their ace to take the ball after a couple of nasty losses, pitch a strong game and get them a win. That's what James Shields was brought to Kansas City to do and here we are on April 30 - it's time to do it.
Season's can often be broken down into small moments that foretold where things were going. I think tonight is one of those moments. James Shields' job tonight is to take the ball, go to the hill and stop a losing streak before things get out of hand. Too often in the past, the Royals simply could not do that, and 2 bad losses turned into 6 or 7 in a row, and you could pretty much turn the lights out.
Let's see if Shields makes the difference that he's supposed to make.