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This seems to be the year of the shift. Every team seems to do it now. The Rays used to do it quite a bit; whenever I would watch their games, Joe Maddon would have his infield shift against righties and lefties. The Yankees shift a lot and I remember they were talking about teams using defensive shifts during a game and the Astros were among the teams to shift the most.
I was watching the game last weekend on ESPN(or maybe it was the weekend before) and they were talking about it then and that is what got me to noticing it...I remember teams shifting when David Ortiz would come to the plate but it seems to be almost constant now for left handed hitters.
Yep, but they must think the majority of the time they will hit right in into the shift so they prefer to play it that way.
So after the first two games of the Subway Series, the Mets look like world beaters. I've watched plenty of their games this season and their offense has not looked that good all season. Their pitching is still on par but their offense at Yankee Stadium was unbelievable. I don't think they will score that many runs tonight at home against Tanaka.
Plus, hasn't the Yankee pitching been off due to all the injuries? Tanaka is about the only one not with a injury so far isn't he?
I started last night watching the Astros Rangers and the Astros gave up 4 runs in the first 4 innings...then the Ranger pitcher started off shaky in the 5th and once they pulled him the Astros started to hit...they ended up winning 5-4!