Ever since James Shields dropped down his arm angle, the strikeouts have increased considerably. The White Sox pitcher struck out eight more batters in Monday night’s 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Shields, who pitched seven innings to earn a victory, has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning since he began to throw from a three-quarters angle in the middle of an Aug. 5 loss at Boston. While Shields still hasn’t perfected the new look -- he’s not even sure he’ll bring it back in 2018 -- it has caught the attention of opposing hitters. “That was definitely a different Shields,” Angels outfielder Mike Trout said. “He was moving the ball around tonight.” Shields might consider sticking
When searching for why Avisail Garcia has had sustained success this season, you cant overlook his fitter frame. The White Sox outfielder entered a breakout 2017 season approximately 18 pounds lighter than he was a year ago. Garcia, whos hitting .331, doubled, homered and drove in three runs as the White Sox topped the Kansas City Royals 8-1 at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the NL wild-card game. Each day this week, we’ll be running down the postseason storylines around MLB in our Magic Number Watch. Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zobrist, center, celebrates his two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers as he enters the dugout during the seventh inning of an baseball game Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Milwaukee.