Originally Posted by traderumor
I think the most interesting discussion in all of this is the strategy to pitch around Votto (which I really do not see how this could be "exaggerated," there aren't too many obvious things, but this is one of them), and while this might be a supportable strategy on a bad offensive team, it certainly is not on a balanced offensive team that v. 2013 Reds seem to be. I would certainly pitch around Gioncarlo Stanton all year, for example, but I just don't think the strategy is going to work long with the Reds.
As well ass Choo, Cozart, and BP are batting right now, it doesn't add up to walk Votto like he's a version of early 2000's Bonds. I think opposing teams will eventually wise up.
But what can you do, the man is
Joey Votto. If you pitch to him you'll regret it. His swing mishaps this year could be partly because he doesn't get a decent pitch to hit and he is trying for an XBH rather than a walk