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The Exxon Line...


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On his twitter page, <a href="http://twitter.com/toddzolecki" >Todd Zolecki </a> reports that Wilson Valdez is sixth in the league in GIDPs with 14, but that he has done it in 149 plate appearances while the players ahead of him have a range of 200-316 at bats. Well, this got me thinking... if we were to break down grounding into double plays into a percentage of total at bats, where would Wilson "Exxon" Valdez fall?

Now much like RBI, it is true that GiDP is in part a bad luck statistic-- after all, in order for one to ground into a double play, one must come up to bat with a runner on (usually) first, with less than two outs, factors that are likely to reduce jthe chances of grounding into double plays for players batting in certain positions in the lineup where they are more likely to lead off or end an inning, or following power hitters, who are more likely to get GIDP preventing extra base hits. But, the percentage is still important, as getting two outs for the price of one is likely to destroy any momentum that has been built in the inning.

 

So I pulled up the top 26 hitters for GiDP, and calculated their GiDP Percentage:

Player Name

Team

Position

At Bats

GiDP

Percentage

B Butler

Kansas City

1B

318

21

6.6%

P  Sandoval

San Fransisco

3B

321

18

5.6%

A Beltre

Boston

3B

314

16

5.1%

A Pujols

St. Louis

1B

307

16

5.2%

I Rodriguez

Washington

C

204

15

7.3%

M Cuddyer

Minnesota

OF

307

14

4.6%

J Mauer

Minnesota

C

279

14

5.0%

R Sweeney

Oakland

3B

293

14

4.8%

W "E" Valdez

Philadelphia

IF

159

14

8.8%

K. Kouzmanoff

Oakland

3B

327

13

4.0%

A Callaspo

KC

3B

319

12

3.8%

J Lopez

SeattleOF

3B

334

12

3.6%

J Upton

Arizona

OF

313

12

3.8%

M Cabrera

Detroit

1B

303

11

3.6%

A  Jones

Chicago WS

OF

174

11

6.3%

G Jones

Pittsburgh

OF

310

11

3.5%

D Lee

Chi Cubs

1B

309

11

3.6%

C Lee

Houston

OF

313

11

3.5%

V Martinez

Boston

C

246

11

4.5%

Y Molina

St. Louis

C

253

11

4.3%

M Scutaro

Boston

 SS

346

11

3.2%

K Suzuki

Oakland

C

234

11

4.7%

M Tejada

Baltimore

3B

332

11

3.3%

T Tulowitzki

Colorado

SS

235

11

4.7%

T Wigginton

Baltimore

2B

285

11

3.9%

M Young

Texas

2B

346

11

3.2%

 

By percentage Exxon is by and away the GiDP leader, having grounded into double plays an astonishing 8.8% of the time-- this is over a full percentage point higher than Ivan Rodriguez who grounded into double plays "only" 7.3% of the time. With half a season in the books, Exxon is working hard at meeting the infamous mark of being best in the worst category to be so... as it is hard to hit worse than 2 outs for the price of one!

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