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Stat Of The Night: Not The Big Number We Had In Mind

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May 11, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez (16) takes a breath after grounding out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park.  Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
May 11, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez (16) takes a breath after grounding out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

Aramis Ramirez squashed a potential Brewer rally in the fifth inning tonight by grounding into a 4-6-3 double play. It was his sixth GIDP of the season, which is a significantly lower number than I expected. He should have had another one in the eighth, but got an RBI groundout instead when the Dodgers failed to turn it.

However, Ramirez still has more double plays (6) than home runs (4) this season. At the moment he looks like a good bet to join this list of five seasons in franchise history where a player has hit 15 or more home runs, but grounded into double plays more often:

Player Season HR GIDP
George Scott 1976 18 19
George Scott 1974 17 25
Cecil Cooper 1985 16 24
Robin Yount 1984 16 22
Dave May 1971 16 18

If I extended that list a little further, Casey McGehee and Yuniesky Betancourt would be the seventh and eighth entries on it: The two combined to hit 26 home runs but ground into 35 double plays last season.