During this afternoon’s game against the Braves, the Phillies employed a noticeable defensive shift on the Braves’ first baseman, Freddie Freeman. According to beat writer, Matt Gelb, this was not an anomaly and instead might have hinted at a surprising new trend.
Recently, GM Ruben Amaro was on MLB Network Radio talking about the Phillies as they start spring training. Among other topics, Amaro discussed the team’s age and their starting pitching depth. In particular, he credited the team’s new analytics department for the signing of starter Roberto Hernandez.
The full quote can be read after the jump: