09 Mar Top 5 Double Play Duos In MLB Heading Into 2017
By: Justin Royce
The double play is one of the most important plays in baseball. It can get a pitcher out of a jam and it can also help keep a pitchers pitch count down. The double play is also a very exciting play and it can lead to many highlights and top plays. This article will look at the 5 best double play tandems in baseball going into 2017. The players were ranked by a formula that included fielding percentage and number of double plays turned. The final ratings will be out of 100.
First lets look at some honorable mentions who did not quite make the cut.
- Detroit Tigers- Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias. Overall Score 78
- Colorado Rockies- DJ Lamahieu and Trevor Story. Overall Score 82
- Miami Marlins- Dee Gordon and Adeiny Hechavarria. Overall Score 83
5.) Rougned Odor and Evlis Andrus (Texas Rangers)
We start our countdown down in Arlington, Texas, with the Texas Rangers web gem machines Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus. Yes Odor has more value than punching Jose Bautista in the face. Odor is the Rangers second basemen, while Andrus patrols the position of shortstop. These two combined for over 100 double plays last year. These two both had quality fielding percentages Odor comes in with a fielding percentage at .970 and Andrus has a .974 fielding percentage. If a ground ball his hit up the middle look for these two to be turning a spectacular double play.
Overall Score 86
4.) Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts (Boston Red Sox)
The countdown continues in “Beantown” where two players in opposite stages of their careers are still turning double plays together. The duo of shortstop, Xander Bogaerts and second basemen Dustin Pedroia are currently turning mind blowing double plays again and again. While Pedroia may be past his prime, he is still a constant force on defense. These two defensive studs each have fielding percentages over .975. Bogaerts comes in with a fielding percentage of .977 while Pedey comes in at .990. These two are some of the most sure handed middle infielders in the league.
Overall Score 88
3.) Javier Baez and Addison Russell (Chicago Cubs)
Our next stop takes us to the windy city as we visit with the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. The champion Cubs used solid defense and timely hitting to win the World Series. Their defensive efforts were spearheaded by the young guns up the middle with second baseman Javy Baez and shortstop Addison Russell. Baez is widely regarded as the best tagger in the league. Although their double play turns are not as high as other duos they each have Defensive Wins Above Replacement ratings over 2. Also it becomes hard to turn double plays when your pitchers are striking out batters left and right. All in all when it comes down to it you can count on these two players to make the play and turn two.
Overall score 92
2.) Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles)
The countdown continues with a new double play tandem this year. Due to an injury to J.J Hardy, normal 3rd basemen Manny Machado will be moving to shortstop for at least the first month or two of the season. These two are probably the flashiest duo on the list and they have a relationship unlike anyone else on the list. These two turned over 180 combined double plays. These two also each had Gold Glove Caliber seasons. Machado finished the year with a .976 fielding percentage, while Schoop finished with a .989 fielding percentage Look for these two to become a regular fixture on Web Gems and Top Plays.
Overall Score 95
1.) Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa (Houston Astros)
The countdown ends in Houston with two of the rising stars in the MLB. These two young guns have the chance to become one of the best sets of middle infielders in MLB history. Second basemen Jose Altuve is probably the best second basemen in baseball right now. He finished last year with a .988 fielding percentage. Correa also played really well defensively as he finished the year with a .978 fielding percentage. These two will be one of the best defensive middle infielders the game has seen in a while. The double plays were slightly lacking last season, but look for that to change this year.
Overall Score 98