You may be correct. The 11 ball is not right in the middle of the pocket.With all due respect Bill, I don't see where you can put the cue ball uptable where nothing goes. With that ball hanging at the lower edge of Shannon's pocket, it looks to me like it would act as a nice sideboard, so any of those open balls could be played in/off the sideboard or directly into the mostly open part of the pocket -- either way pretty high percentage for a shooter like Shannon.
The only balls that can be made are the 1 and the 9. If you put the cue ball on the rail it is still a very hard shot and sure to leave the 6 ball and give up Shannons' advantage.
Would Shannon risk that? Depends on the condition of the match.
The other options are not too good either.
One thing I have learned from playing with Scott is that when things are really bad, take a scratch in the best possible place and wait.
It doesn't always work but most of the time it does.