Catching up with a potential trade chip

White Sox starter James Shields has played himself back onto the radar of the trade market, though time and circumstances have something to do with that. Shields is ostensibly in the last year of a four-year, $75 million contract he signed with San Diego in 2015. There is a $16 million club option with a $2 million buyout in the contract for 2019, but it’s pretty clear that the buyout will be the outcome of that.

Shields’ evolution actually began the latter part of last season, when he started using a lower arm slot. In doing so, he traded strikeouts for soft contact the exact opposite of trends around baseball. Shields struck out more than a batter per inning in 2015 but has lost more than a third of his K/9 rate since then. However, his well-hit average this season (.119) is easily a career best. That number was .194 last season.

In his last three starts, Harvey allowed 14 earned runs and five homers in 16 1/3 innings.

Luke Weaver struggled with his control while pitching into the six inning. He gave up four runs and walked five, including Winker with the bases loaded.

Just an icon in St. Louis, Matheny said. He set a real high standard for what it looks like to go about your business and wear this uniform well.

Martinez has driven in multiple runs in each of his last three games. He’s batting .315 and has a team-high 39 RBI.

Right fielder Dexter Fowler reached into the stands to try to catch Alex Blandino’s foul in the sixth, but a fan in a Cardinals shirt got his hands on it first.

Harvey also gave up three homers in a game four other times: against the Giants on June 10, 2015; against the Nationals on May 24, 2016; against the Brewers on May 12, 2017; and against the Cubs on June 14, 2017.

Just a good stretch for me. That’s how baseball goes. It seems like there’s a lot of pitches over the plate for me, he said.

I’m sure it won’t be long before I have a stretch where it seems everything is right on the corner. That’s kind of how it goes. When you get in a stretch like this, you have to take advantage of it, he said.

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