In the second inning of the Cubs' win at Pittsburgh on Sunday, shortstop Zach McKinstry fielded a grounder and threw the ball to second baseman Esteban Quiroz.
Quiroz stepped on second, forcing out a runner who had been on first, and fired to first baseman Alfonso Rivas in time to complete the Cubs' 131st double play of the season.
It was their 95th executed by a different combination of players, in a specific order.
According to baseball-reference.com, the Cubs have used 64 different players this year: 25 position players and 39 pitchers.
8 have played games at second base, 7 at third and 6 each at shortstop and first.
There have been 12 different outfielders and 3 catchers.
So is it any surprise that, of those 131 double plays, no more than 6 were made by the same players, in the same order?
Nico Hoerner, Nick Madrigal and Alfonso Rivas made 6.
So did Hoerner, Madrigal and Frank Schwindel.
OTHER MULTI-DP COMBOS
No other combination had more than 4, a number achieved by Hoerner, Madrigal and P.J. Higgins; Hoerner, Madrigal and Schwindel; and Schwindel, Hoerner and Schwindel.
4 combinations pulled off 3 double plays: Hoerner, Jonathan Villar and Schwindel; Patrick Wisdom, David Bote and Rivas; Wisdom, Madrigal and Rivas; and Wisdom, Christopher Morel and Rivas.
9 more combos notched 2 double plays, including Madrigal and Higgins, with no middle man.
That adds up to 18 combos and 54 times.
1 OF A KIND
So, the Cubs have made 77 double plays involving specific players, in a specific order, exactly once -- nearly 60 percent of their total.
56 of those 77 were started by infielders.
10 were started by catchers: Willson Contreras and Yan Gomes, 4 each, and Higgins, 2.
7 were started by pitchers: Mark Leiter Jr. twice; Scott Effross, Mychal Givens, Sean Newcomb, Michael Rucker and Marcus Stroman, once.
4 were started by outfielders: Seiya Suzuki twice; Ian Happ and Christopher Morel, once.
GETTING IT GOING
In all, 23 different players started double plays, regardless of position.
As you would expect, Hoerner started the most, 33.
Wisdom is a distant second, with 22. Madrigal is the only other player in double digits, with 13.
Here are all 23, by number started:
7: Morel, Villar
4: Contreras, Gomes, Schwindel, Simmons
2: Higgins, Leiter, Quiroz, Suzuki, Vargas
1: Effross, Givens, Happ, Newcomb, Rucker, Stroman
Do you remember that Ildemaro Vargas played 10 games at shortstop? I didn't!
Hoerner has thrown to 8 teammates when starting double plays: Bote, Madrigal, McKinstry, Morel, Rivas, Schwindel, Simmons and Villar.
Wisdom has thrown to 5: Bote, Madrigal, Morel, Rivas and Villar.
Madrigal also has thrown to 5: Higgins, Hoerner, Schwindel, Villar and Wisdom.
In each of the 7 started by Morel, he threw to a different player: Bote, Contreras, Madrigal, Rivas, Schwindel, Simmons and Wisdom.
Villar threw to 6 teammates: Hoerner, Madrigal, Rivas, Simmons, Vargas and Wisdom.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Madrigal was the pivot man in 30 of the 101 double plays that involved 3 players.
Here are all 10 pivot men, by number of times:
6: Bote, McKinstry
5: Simmons, Wisdom
1: Gomes, Rivas, Vargas
WRAPPING IT UP
Rivas has finished the most double plays, 48: 8 as the second of 2 players, 40 as the third of 3.
Here are all 14 who have completed a DP, with number as second player/third player in parentheses:
48: Rivas (8/40)
38: Schwindel (4/34)
20: Higgins (4/16)
7: Wisdom (2/5)
2: Bote (1/1)
2: Hoerner (2/0)
2: Young (0/2)
3: Contreras (2/1)
3: Madrigal (3/0)
1: McKinstry (1/0)
1: Steele (0/1)
1: Stroman (0/1)
1: Vargas (1/0)
1: Villar (0/1)
Madrigal also made the Cubs' only unassisted double play this year.
Here are all of the Cubs' distinct double play combinations, grouped by player who started them, and number of times if more than once: