Originally Posted by faffy42
Joey has seen plenty of first pitch strikes right down the middle that he's not pulling the trigger on for some reason. So if he was ready to hit and wanted to get some hits...the first pitch has been there for him quite often.
He's never been one to hit the first pitch he sees, though. He likes to take a few pitches and always has. I don't know if I've ever seen a batter more comfortable at the plate with a two strike count than Votto.
That said, I agree that he's letting some pretty fat looking pitches go by without even a half-swing. If he were to start pulling the trigger a little more often, he'd already have a few more home runs, imho.
That said (part deux): He's earned the right to decide when and where to swing.