Sometimes I like to see how the Padres' starter for that day has fared against the batters he'll be opposing. Today is one of those days; what follows is the Mets' starting lineup and how they've done versus James Shields.
Curtis Granderson: 7-61 (.115), 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 14 K
Ruben Tejada: 1-3 (.333), 2B, RBI
Daniel Murphy: 1-6 (.167)
Lucas Duda: 1-3 (.333), K
Juan Uribe: 3-12 (.250), 3B, 2 BB, K
Michael Conforto: Has not faced
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: See above
Kevin Plawecki: Yet again
Noah Syndergaard: Same
Wow, that's a lot of small sample sizes but at least Shields has the strong edge on the one guy he's faced enough for the numbers to mean something. Along with the .115 BA, Granderson has an OBP of .143 and a SLG of .279 against Shields, good for a feeble .422 OPS. His lineup-mates' limited success against Big James boosts their collective BA to .153, which is lower than Shields' career BA of .191.