Through 70 games (63 in which he's played), Michael Young has grounded into 14 double plays. A look at the single-season record for GIDP reveals that the gritty leader might could be in range to take the crown. Here, check it:
- Jim Rice was awesome at grounding into double plays.
- 70 divided by 14 is .200000
- .20000 multiplied by 162 is 32.4. Should Young hit into 32 double plays, that would tie him for third all-time, which is a noble feet but not a record-setter. Third place is the first fourth place. Or the second winner. Something like that... I forget
Reason to Believe
With Ben Revere hitting well of late, Young is out of the lead-off spot. That was a ridiculous enough idea on its own, but particularly terrible in light of Young's chasing history. In the two slot, behind someone who's getting on base but incapable of extra base hits is the perfect scenario, and one I think that just may put Young on the fast track to take down Rice. Even if he moves back in the lineup after Chase Utley returns, I think Young can pull this off. Batting often with Ryan Howard on first could push him over the 40 GIDP mark, but I don't want to get greedy and jinx this thing.
I'm nothing if not an optimist, and Michael Young ... Donkey Nation believes in you!