Cubsgrafs: Carlos Peña vs. The Shift

How Carlos Pena beats the shift.

Infographic by Emerald Gao, from the May 2011 issue of Vine Line. Subscribe to Vine Line today to get more top analysis on the Cubs.

Here’s a battle that Cubs fans are keeping an eye on all season—how the power-hitting lefty Carlos Peña deals with special defensive alignments playing to the pull field. Here’s how Peña spread the ball around during the season’s opening series against Pittsburgh, April 1 and April 3 (2), respectively.

And Peña has been beating the shift all sorts of ways after a slow start: From May 1-19, he hit for a .333 AVG/.470 OBP/.667 SLG line with five home runs as 12 RBIs.

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