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First Pitch: The Best Way to Evaluate Defensive Shifts

The Pirates have bought into the shift so much that they incorporate it in the minors. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
First Pitch: The Best Way to Evaluate Defensive Shifts

BOSTON - Gerrit Cole made a comment last night about the pitch sequence being an issue in his at-bat against Andrew Benintendi. He threw a fastball inside for a swinging strike on a 1-1 count, then went for the same thing on a 2-2 pitch. Benintendi launched it over the right field wall for a three run homer, breaking open the five run fifth inning.

Francisco Cervelli was asked about the sequencing of pitches, and took the blame. He said that the calls were on him, and he shouldn't have called that pitch in hindsight, even though it worked so well just a moment before.

I thought this was big of Cervelli, but at the same time, kind of harsh. Home runs will happen. As I'm writing this, I'm watching Jose Quintana allowing two home runs in a five run second inning. The pitch they attempte...

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