What is going on with Drew Stubbs?
He was the hero on Tuesday night with a two-run home run in the ninth off of Francisco Cordero. He was the hero again on Wednesday night with a two-run double when the Reds were down to their final out.
Stubbs, the most maligned Red of all, pulled the team from the brink of defeat and led them to victory not once, but twice. He finished the series in Houston 7-for-15 with two doubles, a home run, five RBI, five runs scored, and two stolen bases.
What the heck?
Maybe it was the Astros pitching. They are a terrible team, and Stubbs was far from the only person to rake in Houston. Our old pal Cordero, formerly the most maligned Red of all, is no stranger to the occasional cold streak.
Maybe it was being back home. The Texas native has always played well at Minute Maid Park, with a .278 average and four homers in 24 games.
Maybe he was just due. His numbers were pretty much steady in his first two and a half seasons in Cincinnati. Perhaps his barely-above-the-Mendoza-line batting average was bound to climb back up to normal eventually.
Maybe he’s fighting for his job. If there is one player who is most likely to be replaced within the next few days, it’s Stubbs. Most of the rumors surrounding the Reds lately involve centerfielders who can hit at the top of the order, like Shane Victorino or Denard Span. Maybe he’s afraid of being dealt from a first-place team to a non-contender. Or spending a lot more time on the bench. Or being sent down to Louisville.
Whatever it is, I’m sure glad it came into play in the ninth inning the last couple of nights. Thanks to Stubbs, the Reds have won seven straight and have extended their lead in the NL Central to 2.5 games. They’re 8-2 without Joey Votto. Can you believe it?
After the last two nights, I think my Reds fever may be nearing its boiling point. This is going to be one long off day. Bring on the Rockies!