KANSAS CITY -- Royals ace James Shields leads the league in innings pitched and is tied for sixth in strikeouts, but his success on the mound has not been translating to wins. His record dropped to 2-5 after the Royals lost two in Houston.
"I'm not happy with it," Shields said. "Obviously we aren't getting wins. I feel like I'm pitching well and I'm pitching deep in the game and we're giving ourselves a chance to win every night. Deep down inside, I want to get some wins, there's no doubt about that."
All five losses were decided by one or two runs. Shields ranks fifth in the league with a 2.47 ERA, while the Royals have scored a total of six runs in his losses.
"Obviously, our numbers and statistics don't show it as much as we would like, but we are putting a good effort out there, so I am happy with that," Shields said.
Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.