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06-15

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Beating the Shift
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Chris Mosch

07-11

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BP Unfiltered: Cat-and-Mouse with Kevin Kiermaier
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Chris Mosch

06-27

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/27
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-20

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/20
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-13

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/13
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-06

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/16
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-30

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Overthinking It: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/30
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-23

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/23
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-16

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/16
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-02

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Overthinking It: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/2
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Ben Lindbergh

04-25

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 4/25
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Ben Lindbergh

07-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 237: Stats That Won't Last/No-Hitters and No-Walkers/The Worst Shortstop Ever/A Pitcher Who Can Hit/The All-Bunting Team/Trading Top Prospects for Trout/Pint-Sized Power Hitters
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-31

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In A Pickle: The Bunts That Lead to Big Things
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Jason Wojciechowski

04-15

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Wezen-Ball: Jackie Robinson Talks Sacrifices in "Boys' Life"
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Larry Granillo

06-06

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Manufactured Runs: What We Really Know About the Shift
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Colin Wyers

08-14

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You Can Blog It Up: The Shockingly Non-Bunty Gene Mauch All-Stars
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Steven Goldman

03-20

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Schrodinger's Bat: Clearing the Decks
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Dan Fox

12-13

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Schrodinger's Bat: Inching Along
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Dan Fox

07-12

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Schrodinger's Bat: Dropping One Down
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Dan Fox

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June 15, 2015 6:00 am

Beating the Shift

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Chris Mosch

Matt Williams got mad at Bryce Harper for bunting with two strikes; what's the full story?

Bryce Harper has made his fair share of adjustments during his breakout 2015 season, from his newfound patience at the plate, to the hitch he added to his swing in May, to his recent tendency to drive the ball to all fields. Just about everything the 22-year-old has touched has turned to gold and he's been rightfully applauded for the shifts he's made at the plate that have turned him into one of the top hitters in the game.

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How have the Rays outfielder's opponents shifted against him with the bunt in mind?

At the end of May, I introduced the idea that some teams were going from playing nearly straightaway to using a full overshift once the count went to two strikes against certain pull-heavy lefties whom they deemed threats to bunt. The idea was that teams would probably prefer to implement a full overshift earlier in the count, but were hindered by the hitter’s ability to bunt for a base hit. This was inspired by the Orioles using a two-strike overshift numerous times against Michael Bourn, and the Pirates doing it a couple of times against both Denard Span and Danny Espinosa.

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This week's bunts (including the first attempt by a right-hander), plus a look at aggressive counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.

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This week's bunts (including three first-timers, two near-misses, and Joey Gallo), plus a look at counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.

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This week's bunts (including two big debuts), plus a look at counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.

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This week's bunts, plus a look at counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.

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This week's bunts, a chat with Chip Hale, and a new trend in defensive shifts. Plus: Ted Williams.

Last month I started a season-long series (continued here, here, here, here, and here) devoted to tracking bunts for base hits with the infield shift in effect; this is the seventh installment. To bring you up to speed on the series’ premise and methodology will take but two brief excerpts. Excerpt one:

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More brave bunters fight the good fight against the defensive shift.

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Bunts against the shift: up 100 percent since last season.

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The latest exciting developments in the back-and-forth battle between batters/bunters and defenders.

Last month I started a season-long series (continued here and here) devoted to tracking bunts for base hits with the infield shift in effect; this is the third installment. To bring you up to speed on the series’ premise and methodology will take but two brief excerpts. Excerpt one:

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Are batters catching on?

Earlier this month I started a season-long series devoted to tracking bunts for base hits with the infield shift in effect; this is the third installment. To bring you up to speed on the series’ premise and methodology will take but two brief excerpts. Excerpt one:

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Ben and Sam answer the most listener emails they've ever answered.

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