I was at the game today and saw two defensive alignments I had never seen before. When the Mets hitter Duda came to the plate the Cubs did a shift like they do for Adam Dunn. If one looked closely however it was different.
On his first at bat the Cubs 3B Valbuena, ran on to the outfiled grass between Rizzo and Barney. In other words, Castro stayed at short and the 3B moved into the gap.
The second time Valbuena moved to where the 2B plays and Barney went on to the outfield grass between Rizzo and Valbuena.
Now my quesiton is this. Suppose Valbuena had been involved in a defensive play, either catching a popup or throwing a guy out. Would you still score it as F5 or 5-3?
I think so because he is the third baseman even though he is playing in the 2B slot once and SS slot the other time on the shift.
I have seen the shift many times but never have I seen the 3B move and the SS stay in his normal position.
In one case there was a guy on first and Duda singled and Valbuena was yelling at Castro to cover 3B so the runner on first did not continue on because no one was covering the base.
Just thought I would pose the question and have some fun with it.