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In addition to trying a new position Jose Canseco Jersey , Moose is working on a new approach at the plate this spring."onversation StartersWPA Game RecapsTransactionsLatest NewsStatistical AnalysisConversation StartersMike Moustakas is trying to beat the shiftNew,24commentsIn addition to trying a new position, Moose is working on a new approach at the plate this spring.CSTShareTweetShareShareMike Moustakas is trying to beat the shiftRick Scuteri-USA TODAY SportsMike Moustakas was serviceable at the plate last year, but his production did take a step back from his previous seasons. After posting solid, if unspectacular, wRC+ marks of 123, 111, and 114 from 2015-2017, the veteran infielder finished 2018 with a 105 wRC+. That’s only five percent better than league average and was tied with Eric Thames and Ryan Braun. That’s perfectly acceptable, but it was perhaps a bit underwhelming given the numbers he’s put up in the past.A big reason for the drop in production was infield shifting. In this analytically-dominated age of baseball, front offices have gotten smarter than ever when it comes to positioning their defenders. Nearly all left-handed hitters will encounter a shift on a regular basis Jed Lowrie Jersey , and Moustakas was one of the many victims. Per Baseball Savant, opposing teams shifted against him in 53.4% of his plate appearances last season, and the 324 shifts he faced were the most he’s ever seen in a single season. The results were quite drastic: Moustakas struggled to a mere .289 wOBA against the shift, compared to a fantastic .379 mark against a more traditional defense.Moustakas was recently interviewed by MLB Network’s Kevin Millar as part of their “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series. He revealed that in addition to getting accustomed to second base, he’s also trying to make some adjustments at the plate. Moustakas talked about the impact of shifts in today’s game and emphasized that he’s trying to counter the shift by using the opposite field more frequently.Moustakas also offered some thoughts on bunting against the shift, pointing out that it’s not as easy as some might assume.Moustakas has always been a pull-heavy hitter throughout his career, which is typically the case for left-handed sluggers. He has pulled the ball 44% of the time while going opposite field only half as often (23.3%). Opposing teams have taken notice of this, and by adjusting their positioning accordingly, they have turned what used to be hits into routine plays that send Moustakas walking back to the dugout.A chart displaying where infielders were positioned against Moustakas in 2018. He typically saw the traditional lefty shift that features the second baseman in short right field.Baseball SavantIf Moustakas can hit the ball to left field more frequently, it would likely lessen the negative effect shifting has on him and boost his overall numbers.Going to left field is easier said than done, and it will be interesting to see if Moustakas can successfully make the adjustment. His bloop double down the left field line on Tuesday afternoon was a start , although one plate appearance is never conclusive evidence.Spring training is a time to prepare for the regular season and make adjustments if necessary. Chase Anderson is overhauling his windup. Ryan Braun is tweaking his swing to increase his launch angle. Junior Guerra and Jhoulys Chacin are adding changeups to their repertoire. Now Moustakas has set a goal to use the opposite field more often to beat the shift. His new approach will be something to monitor throughout the season. If he can pull it off, he could improve from a roughly league-average hitter to a more potent threat in the middle of the lineup. That would be an even bigger boost to the Brewers’ already-stacked offense, and it would make the defensive risk of using Moustakas at second base more palatable.Statistics courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Savant. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A brief high velocity matchup between Houston’s Justin Verlander and the New York Mets‘ Noah Syndergaard overshadowed Jose Altuve’s first spring training appearance for the Astros.Verlander pitched two perfect innings on a cloudy and blustery afternoon, striking out one and getting five fly-ball outs. Reaching 96 mph, Verlander threw 20 of 25 pitches for strikes Monday, concentrating on his changeup and pitching inside to right-handed batters. The 2011 AL MVP was happy with four of his seven changeups.“That’s a pitch that I am trying to throw more,” the 2011 AL MVP said.Syndergaard opened with three consecutive 98 mph fastballs and allowed first-inning hits to George Springer and Josh Reddick. Syndergaard struck out the final two hitters of his two-inning outing, including Robinson Chirinos on a 99 mph fastball.“It felt really good,” said Syndergaard, who’s missed significant time during the past two seasons because of injuries. “It felt like my arm strength was free and easy. It’s encouraging to see some swing and misses on my four-seam fastball up in the zone.”Syndergaard mixed change-ups and sliders with four-seam fastballs Walt Weiss Jersey , throwing 18 of 23 pitches for strikes. He purposely elected not to throw a curveball, saving it for later games.He’s concentrating more on his four-seam fastball than his two-seamer, which often was too much over the plate last season.“I just kind of fell in love with it because it’s an artsy pitch,” Syndergaard said of the two-seamer. “It’s cool to throw, especially when you can harness it and throw it the right way.”Altuve flied out and popped up. Struggling through a late-season knee injury that required offseason surgery, the 2017 MVP only hit .316 last season, recording 169 hits – the first time in five years he didn’t lead the American League in that category.“It was good to get back on the field,” Altuve said. “Not pretty good results for me today, but I’m happy to have my first two at-bats for the spring.”

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