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Episode 10.5: Looking Shifty

The trade that bolstered Cleveland's bullpen (1:21), the rapid rise in popularity of the shift (3:30), the arguments for and against the shift (5:50), how hitters are (or aren't) adjusting to the shift (7:09), is the shift on its way to being outlawed? (11:53), our stat of the week: ultimate zone rating (18:56).

To accompany our discussion on shifts in this week's episode, check out the visualization below to see how shifts have increased over time and how hitters are adjusting to the shift.

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