Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/9/12

The Chicago Cubs have a different look all the way around, and it's not just a new front office, manager and coaching staff.

On defense, the Cubs are shifting and over-shifting more than at any time in recent memory. Manager Dale Sveum is a former big-league infielder, as is bench coach Pat Listach.

Together, the two have been examining spray charts, looking at scouting reports and watching video to get tendencies on opposing hitters.

In Wednesday's 1-0 victory over the Braves at Wrigley Field, Atlanta batters hit several balls right into the various shifts. In the sixth inning, the Braves' Chipper Jones hit a liner past pitcher Paul Maholm with runners on first and third with two outs. Instead of it being an RBI single, it went for a lineout, as Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney was playing behind the bag.

"The one where Chipper almost hit me in the forehead and Barney caught it, it's scary and it's very good," Maholm said.

Sveum said he's living by a "90 percent" rule. In other words, he feels the shifting and over-shifting will work 90 percent of the time, making the 10 percent risk worth it.

"Through technology, through video, when a guy's going to hit a ball 90 percent of the time in one specific area, you're going to play there," Sveum said. "If you're going to get beat by it 10 percent of the time, I can live with it. When the data says play here, you play there."

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