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#pounditThursday, September 17, 2020

Chris Davis plans to try to bunt against the shift

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Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is one of many left-handed power hitters who has been hindered significantly by defensive shifts. This year, however, he sounds intent on trying to counter that strategy.

Davis said Wednesday that he thinks bunting against the shift is a sound strategy — and one he intends to employ as long as the shifting continues.

Davis hit .215 last year, and his average dipped as low as .196 in 2014, as the shift began to grow more prevalent. His plan certainly makes a lot more sense than the alternative plan cited by those who refuse to adapt to new defensive strategies.

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