Albert Pujols and the 3 Double Plays


Don't worry Albert, we still love you

Albert Pujols had an opening day to remember on April 5, 2010.   Facing Aaron Harang, Mike Lincoln and Nick Masset of the Cincinnati Reds, he went 4-5 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs.   Thanks to an errant pickoff attempt by Aaron Harang and a single off the bat of Colby Rasmus, Pujols scored each time he reached base.   Indeed, a game to remember.

On March 31, 2011, the Cardinals slugger had a game he probably would like to forget.   He would wear the collar, going 0-5, leaving 4 runners on base.   In those 5 at-bats, he would hit into three double plays.

So that begs the question – has he ever had a day like that before ?

The short answer is no.   In fact, he has only had a handful of weeks like that.

In the amazing 10 year career of Albert Pujols, he has grounded into 4 double plays in a week just one time in his career – July 1-7, 2007.

How about 3 times in a week ?   Just 12 (not counting a couple of overlaps).   That’s right.  Only a dozen times has El Hombre had a week when he hit into as many double plays as he did on opening day.

They were …..

June 7-12, 2002

July 2-6, 2005

August 2-5, 2006

August 16-22, 2006

September 24-28, 2007

July 26-31, 2008

September 13-18, 2008

June 1-9, 2009

July 22-27, 2009

August 18, 22, 2009

June 19-26, 2010

July 2-7, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I think that is pretty incredible.   Based on what we have just learned, perhaps we should give Mr. Pujols a free pass on this one.

Oh, in case you are wondering – the major league record for double plays in a game is 4.  It has been done several times.   The one I remember was July 21, 1975 when Joe Torre of the New York Mets came up to bat 4 times, and hit into a double play each time.

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One Response to Albert Pujols and the 3 Double Plays

  1. EM says:

    I really didn’t need to read that. OUCH!

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