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Shifts require the pitcher's cooperation. For a shift to work consistently, the pitcher has to be willing and able to throw pitches that encourage the hitter to hit the ball into the shift.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt [Cashman] has always worshipped Billy Beane,” one former Cashman employee said, referring to the A’s general manager who was the star of Moneyball. “He’s so enthralled with Billy Beane, it’s unbelievable.”
are prepared to take individual pitcher tendencies into account.
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