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May 9, 2013

In A Pickle

The Turn of the Two

by Jason Wojciechowski


Baseball is, it has been said repeatedly, the quasi–team game, the sport that is more than one-on-one and yet, in the conflict that lies at its essence, not. You don't need me to pontificate on that general subject. What you do need me to do is guide you on a stroll through one of the team-oriented aspects of the game, with a promise of some historical greatness at the end. (Don't skip there, though—it's more rewarding this way.)

All stats are through Monday's games.

Ready?

Double plays!!!

Your major-league leader in double plays turned at second base is Jose Altuve, with 33. Two points:

First, your major-league leader in double plays at shortstop is not an Astro, not because Altuve is out there turning them by himself (or with the third baseman) but because the shortstop position in Houston is not quite as solidified as second base. Altuve has started 30 games at second while Marwin Gonzalez has started two. At short, though, it's Gonzalez with 21 and Ronny "Woo Woo" Cedeno with 11. Cedeno and Gonzalez have combined for 31 double plays, in line with Altuve's total, but Gonzalez alone has only 23 of them.

Second, the Astros have allowed a .375 on-base percentage so far in 2013. The old context game is coming, be warned. Here are some players who, through Monday at least, do not have a .375 on-base percentage: Jose Altuve, Evan Longoria, Joe Mauer, Nick Swisher, Kendrys Morales, Taylor Teagarden. The Astros hurlers have put a ton of men on base, which is giving the middle infielders chance after chance to turn the deuce.

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