By Tom Verducci
April 29, 2014
Few MLB teams use defensive shifts as often as Houston, which has benefited from its implementation.
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Left-handed pull hitters like David Ortiz are losing hits to defensive shifts on the right side of the infield.
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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.

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