I think we’ve all noticed how often these Reds go from first to third on a single; it’s happened over and over. Well, the AP has noticed too:
Orlando Cabrera gets a little upset when one of his Cincinnati Reds teammates fails to take the extra base on a hit.
“If you don’t do it, you’re in trouble Ã¢â‚¬â€ with me,” the shortstop said.
It’s a point of emphasis for the Reds, and it’s paying off. The Reds went from worst to first in the NL Central by doing the often-overlooked things right, and that includes getting a runner from first to third on a single. They lead the majors in that category, doing it 32 times in their first 38 games, according to STATS LLC.
You’re the man, Orlando (in fact, I’ve been waiting for you to have a good game so we can debut the brand-spanking-new OC sombrero picture). I do have one question, however: Is Brandon Phillips in trouble with you?