World Series Game Two: A Nice “Shield”
Although I admit I did not watch Game Two of the World Series from first pitch to last-I mostly tuned in and out while doing other household tasks-the thing that caught my eye the most was the solid pitching of Rays starting pitcher James “Big Game” Shields, who held a crafty Philadelphia Phillies lineup to zero runs over five and two-thirds innings.
Shields’ pitching performance may not be the stuff that legends (Jack Morris, Curt Schilling, etc.) are made of, but it is something the Rays have not seen since the inception of the franchise. To this day, Rolando Arrojo either holds or is dangerously close to holding nearly all of the key Rays franchise pitching records. Point being, the Rays have never, in the history of their organization, had a shut-down pitcher that could be counted on to win a game, but throughout this postseason James Shields has been exactly that.
After today’s travel day, the Series will continue on Saturday night in Philadelphia (barring the inclement weather that is forecast). I will preview that matchup later.