Originally Posted by NeilHamburger
Votto has always been a slow starter. I'm not sure why, some guys just are. But, once he gets going watch out.
I have a theory on why. By his own admission, in spring he flat out just takes pitches. He doesn't swing much, but watches pitch after pitch after pitch to try and get that pitch recognition thing going.
That probably means that unlike most guys, his swing just isn't as ready as some others and it takes him a little bit of time to get it going to the point where we expect it.