Originally Posted by edabbs44
If taking the bat out of Votto's hands is the difference for this team, then they have no business being talked about for the postseason. Just pitch around him 75% of the time and the Reds are cooked I guess.
Controversial? Sure. Questionable? Maybe. But I wonder how everyone would've reacted if BP rolled a pair, as he has been known to do in the past.
I'm not questioning the decision though I probably would have made a different one. I personally would never take the bat out of Votto's hands or even BPs hands. Those are the veteran players you are depending on leading you offensively.
One thing I will point out, if you are so afraid of BP hitting into a double play with a runner on first then maybe he isn't such a great fit in the #2 spot of the batting order.