5 Man Infield and 4 Man Outfield

If you have good data, using a 5 man infield or 4 man outfield should be used. If you can get past the traditions of baseball and not worry about possibly looking silly once in a while, using these strategies makes a lot of sense. You will see an occasional 5 man infield with the game on the line once in a while, but using it more often can really help a team get out of difficult situations. Think about it, a run in the first inning counts just the same as a run in the 9th inning. Why not try to combat letting in runs the best you can, when you have an opportunity. Remember, in the MLB a runner scores 83.7% of the time with a man on 3rd base and zero outs. Why not throw a 5 man outfield out there and cut the runner off? The 4 man outfield can be used anytime with good data. The field is lopsided toward covering the infield. There are 6 potential fielders covering 12,000 SF in the infield and 3 players covering 36,000 SF in the outfield. If you have a hitter showing more than 50% of his hits going to the outfield (line drive/fly balls) why wouldn’t you throw another man out there? Again, playing the percentages in a game with hundreds of outcomes makes sense. Will it work out every time? No, of course not. But it may give you that advantage you are looking for to stop a potential rally or get a key out in a game deciding situation