5:56 PM EST, Thu February 26, 2015
Twinkie Town Jan 26, 2015

No, please, keep shifting on Oswaldo Arcia

Oswaldo Arcia drinks your milkshake. And beats your shift. Defensive shifts are fun. They're a new wrinkle to the game, even if the new commissioner isn't a fan. But here's the thing: they don't always work. You can understand why teams do it. Studying batted ball tendencies and aligning the defense accordingly is a great idea in a vacuum. Just any other piece of evaluation, however, there are factors that go into where a batter hits the ball other than batter-hits-ball, ball-goes-to-spot-X. People understand that. The question is: how much does situational hitting affect a hitter's batted...

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