Yesterday, the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed the first spot in the playoffs after an amazing comeback season.
The Dodgers were just 23-32 until Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig made his first start. The Dodgers have gone 65-33 since Puig struck electricity into Hollywood.
However, the Reds have had their own mini version of Puig in speed demon Billy Hamilton.
Hamilton has taken Cincinnati by storm, and with every game he enters, the entire stadium knows what he is going to do.
Hamilton had his first major league game as a pinch runner against the Cardinals on September 3. The crowd woke up once Hamilton entered late in the game during the scoreless matchup. Fans completely lost it when he stole second from All-Star Yadier Molina.
The next day, Hamilton stole on Molina again, giving baseball fans a taste of a future rivalry.
The Reds are 6-2 when Hamilton enters the game. He’s not only proving that he can steal bases, but also showing discipline at the plate—as he did against the Houston Astros.
Hamilton had three hits, two walks and two runs in six plate appearances in his first major league start. He also stole four bases with two of them coming on pitchouts. The total put Hamilton at nine for the season in just eight games played.
Hamilton could be the not-so-secret weapon to help the Reds in the postseason; although, it is certainly risky counting on a September call-up in October.
However, if there’s anything we have learned thus far, it is that Hamilton is brave enough to steal on anyone, and he has dramatically changed the makeup of this Cincinnati Reds ball club late in the season.
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