Orlando Cabrera has been getting big hits all year long. Last year, he drove in 78 runs for a playoff team. Yesterday, his walk off home run gave the Reds their 9th win in their final at-bat of the season. That statistic is the most in baseball thus far.
The 5-4 win brought the Reds back to .500 on the season. It gave them a series win over the New York Mets, who have been rather hot at times this season.
Last night on Baseball Tonight, Aaron Boone spoke after the Reds highlight about the 1999 team and Jeffrey Hammonds inventing the ‘walk-off bounce’ at home plate. He talked about all the walk-off wins that 1999 team had during the year. I’ll tell you what, the 2010 Reds might inconsistent and streaky, but they’ve got a knack for the dramatics. Maybe they could still turn this into some kind of special season yet.
Cabrera will probably be inserted into the lead off spot to relieve Drew Stubbs as early as tomorrow night. I’m fine with the move. I’d rather see Brandon Phillips there, but Cabrera is a professional hitter that can probably succeed in any role in the lineup as well as anyone the Reds have.