James Shields, the worst 1st inning pitcher in baseball, held Boston scoreless today

by Bill Chuck on June 23, 2016

Entering play today, the White Sox’ James Shields was the worst 1st inning pitcher in baseball. Shields 1st inning ERA is now down to 10.80 and it’s still the worse.

Nine to Know: 2016 Highest 1st inning ERA – minimum 12 starts

Rk Player ERA IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 James Shields 11.57 14.0 22 18 18 9 10 3 0 6 9 10 .379 .456 .741 1.197
2 Chris Archer 10.69 16.0 24 19 19 16 21 5 0 2 16 21 .338 .460 .493 .953
3 Michael Pineda 10.29 14.0 29 16 16 3 14 8 0 5 3 14 .439 .466 .788 1.254
4 Wade Miley 9.00 13.0 19 13 13 5 10 4 0 3 5 10 .345 .403 .582 .985
5 Collin McHugh 8.79 14.1 17 14 14 8 11 4 1 3 8 11 .304 .394 .571 .965
6 Aaron Nola 8.40 15.0 20 14 14 6 16 1 2 4 6 16 .328 .377 .607 .983
7 Mike Pelfrey 7.71 14.0 27 12 12 7 10 2 0 3 7 10 .435 .493 .613 1.106
8 Jon Gray 7.50 12.0 13 10 10 2 13 3 1 3 2 13 .277 .320 .574 .894
9 Ubaldo Jimenez 7.42 13.1 24 14 11 11 11 6 0 1 11 11 .387 .479 .532 1.012
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/23/2016.

In the 1st inning of Shields’ three prior starts with the White Sox

  • June 8 – he allowed four runs to the Nationals
  • June 13 – he allowed three runs to the Tigers
  • June 18 – he allowed five runs to the Indians

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