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Best Pitchers at Inducing Double Plays


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Leaderboarding: Best and worst pitchers at getting GIDPs

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Nobody was better at getting ground ball double plays than Seth Maness in 2013. (USATSI)

Arbitrarily setting our limit at 100 innings, here are baseball's ten best starters at getting a double play this past season.

Adam Wainwright, Cardinals -- 21%

Tyler Chatwood, Rockies -- 19%

Jhoulys Chacin, Rockies -- 18%

Kevin Correia, Twins -- 18%

Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles -- 18%

Alex Cobb, Rays -- 18%

Clay Buchholz, Red Sox -- 18%

Mike Leake, Reds -- 17%

Rick Porcello, Tigers -- 17%

Dallas Keuchel, Astros -- 17%

Let's move on to the top relievers, using a minimum of 40 innings pitched.

Seth Maness, Cardinals -- 30%

Tanner Scheppers, Rangers -- 24%

Cory Gearrin, Braves -- 24%

Jim Johnson, Orioles -- 23%

Chad Qualls, Marlins -- 23%

Matt Lindstrom, White Sox -- 21%

Donovan Hand, Brewers -- 20%

Bryan Morris, Pirates -- 20%

Glen Perkins, Twins -- 20%

Santiago Casilla, Giants -- 19%

Interesting that although the Cardinals led the majors in double plays, no Cardinals pitcher besides Wainwright and Maness made the top ten in their category. At least, none of the starters made the bottom ten.

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Surprising to see Chen on the list, as he is an extreme flyball pitcher with 0.72 GO/AO ratio and only a 36% GB percentage throughout his career (both of those numbers skewed even more extremely to flyballs last season), but I'll take it. You have to assume our slick defense behind him helped take advantage of the few GB's he induced. Cool info, thanks for posting.

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