When Jake Arrieta speaks, he doesn't do so to fill time. Nor does he do so to unload a stocked magazine of clichés. After Héctor Neris blew Arrieta's second straight solid start in May, the Phillies' eldest statesman was asked whether it was hard to see his pitching mastery wasted in the blink of an eye twice in a row. "It's tough for me because it's tough for Héctor," he said. With the Phillies' offense in the throes of a historically inept sweep to the Giants - one in which Arrieta drove in their only run in three games - Arrieta took aim. His sights were not just trained on the offense but also on the other side of the ball, directed at the strategy Gabe Kapler and his coaching staff have employed more aggressively than ever before in the organization's history: defensive shifting.

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