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 Posted: Tue Apr 11th, 2017 05:25 pm
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Benlen wrote: Big Garea Fan wrote: lobo316 wrote: srossi wrote: Franchise wrote: The family and I went to the Astros game yesterday against the royals and it seemed like both teams were playing with an infield shift on every at bat. I haven't followed baseball in years so it got me wondering does every infield play some type of a shift batter to batter nowadays?
Pretty much.  Some teams do it more than others, but it's gotten pretty extreme.


And as a result of the numerous shifts, batters try to hit the ball hard, over the infield, and strikeouts are up. Hitters would rather strikeout than hit a ground ball.

The batter should just lay down a bunt to beat the shift. Of course, this isn't exciting enough and probably breaks one of the many unwritten rules of baseball so it will never happen.
Brandon Belt has done it a few times over the last 2 yrs.

Chase Headley did it so far this season, and also went the other way and got a few more hits too.  I don't know why more guys don't do it, but it seems like a priority for him this year, and it should be since he hit about .120 the first couple of months of last season.



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