I bet this is a question that has crossed your minds a time or two this season, isn't it?
I was unable to watch the game this evening, but I was telling a friend after he informed me the Reds were losing 3-0 late in the game that, "if there is any team that can come back, it's this team."
Sure enough, I got home and saw they won 4-3. I was certainly not at all surprised. This year, this team, they have made a habit of late inning heroics and insurmountable comebacks. Truth is, no lead is safe against these guys.
But that leads to the obvious question... statistically speaking, are they as clutch as they appear to be?
This season, the Reds are only No. 27 in the entire league in batting average with RISP and 2 outs with just a .217 average. Amazingly enough, they are only No. 26 in the league out of 30 teams with a .699 OPS.
With the bases loaded, the Reds are 7th in the league in OPS with an .896 and in batting average they are No. 9 with a .324 average.
But here are the stats that seem to seperate Cincinnati...
The Reds are 7th in the league in "close and late" situations, according to ESPN.com with a .788 OPS. Moreover, in innings 7+, the Reds are 4th in the entire league with a .780 OPS. From the 7th inning on, the Reds are 3rd in the majors with 53 homers trailing just Atlanta and the White Sox.
The 23-14 record in 1-run games obviously speaks for itself, but how many come-from-behind wins is that now? Isn't it like 30? I'd also be interested in seeing how many times the Reds have came back to win in the 7th, 8th or 9th innings.
Anyhow, what sayeth you?