Little Support Again for Shields as Royals Fall 3-2 to Yanks

Ed Zurga

James Shields is again a tough luck loser as the Royals muster little offense against 63 year old left-hander Andy Pettitte.

James Shields must be beginning to wonder if his new teammates hate him.

Shields again pitched pretty darn well, lasting eight innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on just six hits. He got better as the game went along, retiring the last seven hitters he faced. It was an outing worthy of victory, but his teammates managed just two runs of support, and Mike Moustakas made a ridiculously stupid error to plate a run in the third.

James Shields has made eight starts in a Royals uniform. In three, they exploded for over eight runs. In other five, they have scored 0, 2, 3, 1, and 2 runs. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to go all in and trade for an ace if you can't muster enough runs to give him a chance.

Andy Pettitte (he's actually forty) shut down the Royals, allowing just two runs on five hits, while striking out five. I don't think enough has been made enough about the fact that Andy Pettitte admitted to PED use, retired for an entire year, and has come back from a year absence and been a pretty effective pitcher at age 40. Its like he has some sort of magical elixir, like Ray Lewis. I guess we're all just suppose to accept this is part of his WILL TO WIN.

Anyway, the Royals need to salvage the series tomorrow. If you can't beat a Yankees team this depleted by injury, you're never going to beat the Yankees.

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