Why MLB teams are shifting on defense more than ever

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Few MLB teams use defensive shifts as often as Houston, which has benefited from its implementation.

Few MLB teams use defensive shifts as often as Houston, which has benefited from its implementation.

Left-handed pull hitters like David Ortiz are losing hits to defensive shifts on the right side of the infield.

Left-handed pull hitters like David Ortiz are losing hits to defensive shifts on the right side of the infield.

So if you crave more action, don't place too much of the blame on the proliferation of the shifts. Sure, they are designed to take away hits, but the modern run-starved environment is less about what happens when the ball is put into play and more about how often it is not.