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Sveum gets an edge from defensive metrics

Sveum gets an edge from defensive metrics

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Sveum gets an edge from defensive metrics
CHICAGO -- When Dodgers outfielder Bobby Abreu hit a line drive to right-center field off Cubs closer Rafael Dolis with two outs in the top of the ninth inning on Friday, Abreu thought he had tied the game.

Instead, Cubs right fielder David DeJesus -- shading Abreu toward the gap -- ranged to his right and caught the ball for the third out to secure the Cubs' 5-4 win over the Dodgers.

Like most Major League teams, the Cubs had watched enough video and put together enough spray charts to feel fairly confident in their defensive positioning. Although even a dead pull hitter sometimes goes the opposite way, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he's comfortable playing what he calls "the 90 percent rule."

"The guy's going to hit the ball there 90 percent of the time; we'll play there," Sveum said. "And sometimes you might get beat by the 10 percent rule, but in the long run, you're going to save a lot of outs, save a lot of pitches. It's a luxury you have now because of video and spray charts and everything like that."

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