Originally Posted by 40YrRedsFan
You get a legit #4 hitter behind Votto and watch him take off. No one is afraid to pitch to BP or Jay Bruce. Yeah, if they make a mistake, they will pay, but they're much easier to get out than Votto.
If you put Jay Bruce directly behind Votto you will see Votto pitched to more often than he is with Brandon Phillips directly behind him. No pitcher in baseball fears Brandon Phillips. He has power if you make a mistake down and in. That's it. He has no power anywhere else in the entire zone, or out of it for that matter. He chases pitches out of the zone more than anyone on the team. Pitchers can make mistakes to him in the zone and in most cases, he will hit a single. Pitchers don't fear that.