SI.com: Brewers’ new approach may shift opinions about defensive strategy
But thanks to information in spray charts that indicate where a batter is likely to hit a ground ball, the Brewers are taking infield shifts to a different level, sometimes to the extreme. For example, the Brewers’ infield shifted against the Nationals’ right-handed batters Jayson Werth, Michael Morse, rookie catcher Wilson Ramos and Rick Ankiel, a lefty.
I think that this is not likely to work. Spray charts are charted balls in play with the defense in a traditional position. The spray chart is most likely to change against a different defensive alignment.
Once an extreme visible shift is made, most good players should be able to hit the ball the other way to take advantage of an opportunity.