Last year we focused on the defensive shifts that were employed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, aimed at getting better results for their ground ball heavy pitchers. James Santelli broke it down last summer, and pointed out the impact the shifts were having on the overall success of the team. As a side note, that article by James has been nominated for a SABR award, and the details to vote for the article can be found here.

The Pirates aren't stopping their shifting plan with their infield. This year they plan to focus more on outfield shifts.

"We've actually dug deeper into our outfield defensive metrics as well, as far as positioning going into this season, for the guys who aren't ground ball pitchers," Clint Hurdle said today. "So it's definitely something that we continue, as we conti...

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