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Frequent shifting has not paid off so far for the Los Angeles Angels

Frequent shifting has not paid off so far for the Los Angeles Angels

The Angels are shifting their infielders more than ever before and more than any other team. They're also not yet succeeding with those shifts, prompting discussion this week about what will happen next.

The 139 times batters have put the ball into play against the Angels' shift in 2016, they are batting .302 with a .384 slugging percentage, according to Fangraphs.com. The 89 times hitters have put the ball into play when the Angels are not in a shift, they are hitting .202 with a .250 slugging percentage.

It is a significant gap, but it is not a statistically significant sample, far too small to draw real conclusions. But it's what exists now, and it's interesting. There...

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