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Nearly 100 combos made Cubs' double plays

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.

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PLAYERS GALORE

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

33: Hoerner

22: Wisdom

13: Madrigal

8: Bote

7: Morel, Villar

6: McKinstry

4: Contreras, Gomes, Schwindel, Simmons

3: Rivas

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!

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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.

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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:

30: Madrigal

20: Hoerner

14: Morel

10: Villar

6: Bote, McKinstry

5: Simmons, Wisdom

3: Quiroz

1: Gomes, Rivas, Vargas

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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.

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COMBO PLATTERS

Here are all of the Cubs' distinct double play combinations, grouped by player who started them, and number of times if more than once:

Bote-Hoerner-Rivas

Bote-Hoerner-Schwindel

Bote-McKinstry-Rivas: 2

Bote-McKinstry-Wisdom

Bote-McKinstry-Young

Bote-Quiroz-Rivas

Bote-Rivas

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Contreras-Hoerner

Contreras-Madrigal

Contreras-Madrigal-Schwindel

Contreras-Vargas

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Effross-Hoerner-Schwindel

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Givens-Gomes-Rivas

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Gomes-Bote

Gomes-Madrigal

Gomes-McKinstry

Gomes-Wisdom

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Happ-Hoerner-Villar

...

Higgins-Hoerner-Higgins

Higgins-Morel-Stroman

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Hoerner-Bote-Rivas: 2

Hoerner-Madrigal-Higgins: 4

Hoerner-Madrigal-Rivas: 6

Hoerner-Madrigal-Schwindel: 4

Hoerner-Madrigal-Wisdom: 2

Hoerner-McKinstry-Schwindel

Hoerner-Morel-Higgins

Hoerner-Morel-Rivas: 2

Hoerner-Morel-Wisdom

Hoerner-Rivas

Hoerner-Schwindel: 2

Hoerner-Simmons-Bote

Hoerner-Simmons-Rivas

Hoerner-Villar-Higgins

Hoerner-Villar-Rivas

Hoerner-Villar-Schwindel: 3

...

Leiter-Morel-Higgins

Leiter-Morel-Rivas

...

Madrigal unassisted

Madrigal-Higgins: 2

Madrigal-Hoerner

Madrigal-Hoerner-Higgins

Madrigal-Hoerner-Rivas

Madrigal-Hoerner-Schwindel: 2

Madrigal-Schwindel

Madrigal-Villar-Schwindel

Madrigal-Wisdom

Madrigal-Wisdom-Higgins

Madrigal-Wisdom-Rivas

...

McKinstry-Hoerner-Rivas

McKinstry-Hoerner-Schwindel

McKinstry-Morel-Higgins

McKinstry-Quiroz-Rivas

McKinstry-Quiroz-Young

McKinstry-Rivas

...

Morel-Bote-Higgins

Morel-Contreras

Morel-Madrigal

Morel-Rivas-Higgins

Morel-Simmons-Rivas

Morel-Schwindel

Morel-Wisdom-Higgins

...

Newcomb-Madrigal-Schwindel

...

Rivas-Hoerner-Contreras

Rivas-Hoerner-Rivas

Rivas-Simmons-Steele

Rucker-Hoerner-Schwindel

...

Quiroz-McKinstry-Rivas

Quiroz-Rivas

...

Schwindel-Hoerner-Schwindel: 4

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Simmons-Higgins

Simmons-Hoerner-Wisdom

Simmons-Villar-Rivas

Simmons-Wisdom-Rivas

...

Stroman-Rivas

...

Suzuki-Contreras

Suzuki-Higgins

...

Vargas-Rivas

Vargas-Villar-Rivas

...

Villar-Hoerner-Schwindel

Villar-Madrigal-Schwindel: 2

Villar-Rivas

Villar-Simmons-Rivas

Villar-Vargas-Rivas

Villar-Wisdom-Schwindel

...

Wisdom-Bote-Rivas: 3

Wisdom-Madrigal-Higgins

Wisdom-Madrigal-Rivas: 3

Wisdom-Madrigal-Schwindel: 6

Wisdom-Morel-Higgins

Wisdom-Morel-Rivas: 3

Wisdom-Morel-Schwindel: 2

Wisdom-Rivas

Wisdom-Villar-Rivas

Wisdom-Villar-Schwindel

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