The more information you have, the better chance you'll have at being successful. That, of course, is the logic of baseball people who employ advanced metrics into their decision making.
The Phillies have been criticized for being slow to jump on the sabermetrics train. But Sandberg said the team will use spray chart data to shift their defense around more often, a tactic the Pittsburgh Pirates used last year en route to their best season in more than two decades.
"I was aware that they were doing it," Sandberg said. "(Pittsburgh) wasn’t the only team doing it, but they pitched to it effectively and the way their season went, I think it worked well for them."
Sandberg said the Phillies will have the info at their finger tips all the time: spray charts for the opposing team's righthanded and lefthanded hitters and results of batted balls from their own starting pitchers and relievers. It will be utilized accordingly.