When discussing Red Sox manager John Farrell and the decision to defensively shift players in the field more often, commentator and former pitching great Rick Sutcliffe gave the following quote on Opening Day while calling the Yankee Stadium home opener.
"John Farrell is a big believer in all the (defensive) charts and putting together a plan and incorporating that with a pitcher who has command. You can have all the defense that you want set up, but if you are not hitting the target with the ball, it's not gonna happen."
I thought this was a very good point because pitch Lokation is not often factored in during defensive shifts when it is actually the most important factor in determining where to play fielders. There is no good defensive alignment for bad pitch Lokation.