When the defense looks shifty …

What happens when shift-mania reaches the tipping point? Ask Matt Adams!

Originally Published: June 10, 2014
By Michael Knisley | ESPN.com

Matt Adams faced it as much as anybody. Three infielders on the right side of second base; open range on the left. The defensive shift that's all the rage in Major League Baseball. For a while this season, Adams was among the top 10 most-shifted-against hitters in the game. And at least a time or two when he stepped into the batter's box and saw it, the Cardinals' left-handed-hitting first baseman did pretty much exactly what the defense wanted him to do: He did what doesn't come naturally to ...

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