Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
To me, the issue is the swings Votto is taking -- he's taken more defensive / half-swings than I can ever remember him taking in the past, almost like he's overthinking what he wants to do with the baseball when he makes contact (v. just making good contact). It reminds me of a golfer who is trying too hard to aim his iron shots and just ends up shanking.
His eye is still good as to balls & strikes, but I think he's getting crossed-up when it comes to pitches in the zone that he usually drives.
I don't know that his eye is or isn't good, but on about 30% of pitches he faces he either takes a strike or swings at a ball. Even a guy like Jay Bruce, that number is around 24%.
Personally, his swings aren't bothering me at all. He's a slow starter and he's not crushing the ball yet. When he gets locked in, his swings will look different and maybe he will swing more.