• The Cubs have improved defensively, and one of the keys has been the defensive shifting. The infielders have accepted the manueverings.
"They buy into it," Sveum said. "You show them on paper, 'Hey, look at this spray chart, this is what's going to happen 90 percent of the time. You find out it works. The times you get beat by it are magnified."
The Pirates, Brewers and Cubs rank among the top five teams in baseball in terms of using defensive shifts.
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