James Shields will start Game 1 of the ALCS for the Royals

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By sweeping the Angels the Royals gave themselves enough days off to align their rotation for the ALCS and manager Ned Yost announced that James Shields will get the Game 1 start.

Shields started the Wild Card Game against the A’s, allowing four runs in five innings, and then tossed six innings of two-run ball against the Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Despite his “Big Game” nickname Shields hasn’t actually been all that effective in the playoffs, going 3-4 with a 4.96 ERA in eight starts, but he’s the no-brainer pick to kick off the ALCS.