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.