Originally Posted by Salukifan2
Well, in response to the OP. Something that COULD be distracting him is the same thing that seems to have been distracting Ryan Braun all year
Probably not though.
I know his on-base skills are amazing but 24 xbh and 33 rbi on June 16 for a 3 hitter considered by many to be the best hitter in baseball is not getting it done. Especially when you consider the context. The reds shelled out well over 200 mil for him to be the guy during the reds window right now. This is the Reds time, which means it is Joey's time.
Obviously its a long season and i think OP realizes that, but his point is very valid. Joey has to be there for this team to win the division, but more importantly, a World Series.
The Reds are paying Joey Votto to be a ~5 WAR player. He's on pace for more than 6. When you're worried that a guy has been only the 6th most productive hitter in baseball this year instead fo the 1st, it's time to stop worrying.
Anybody who wants Joey Votto to hit 35 HRs and drive in 120 runs either doesn't get or doesn't appreciate the value he does provide. That's not to say I'm thrilled about a .180 ISO when we know he's fully capable of .240, but I just can't see getting worked up about it.
As for the #3 problem and the RBI expectations foisted up that spot in lineup, that's a criticism misplaced and which should be on the person who chooses to bat him 3rd.