I’m not sure what’s the most surprising thing about this article:
1. That the Giants are on pace to hit into 209 double plays, which would beat the current record by a country mile;
2. That the Giants’ offense has actually produced enough base runners to hit into that many double plays; or
3. That the current record — 174 — was set by a team that was actually pretty good: the 1990 Red Sox.
What does not surprise me is that Pablo Sandoval leads the team with eight Gidps. Dude ain’t fast.
Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.
According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.
It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.
The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.