Re: Votto leads the team in OPS with RISP
Originally Posted by SlimJim11
People often argue that Votto "doesn't hit well in the clutch" and that he has been bad with RISP.
Obviously he has been a little down this year from what he's done in the past, but his numbers are still great. When you factor in his knee (I think he's been looking better and better on it as the season goes) it's easy to see how he could have had a "down" year this year.
I think part of the problem with Votto's number this year (from the negative people) are how flat out amazing they were the past 3 years with RISP. Everybody compares him to Miggy, well from 2010-2012 Miggy wished he hit as well with RISP as Votto.
Stats from 2010-2012
.355/.470/.591/1.061 with 23 homers and 243 rbi in 467 AB's with RISP
.375/.514/.683/1.197 with 25 homers and 184 rbi in 344 AB's with RISP
So Vottos splits are better across the board and he had more HR and RBI per AB with RISP than Cabrera.
So the talent and skill level are all there, he's just having a great season instead of an absolutely insane season.
Joey is my favorite Red, but his critics this year are right in one regard. He hasn't hit well with RISP and 2 outs, and I don't think anyone would argue that. I haven't seen anyone complaining about his OBP or OPS w/RISP.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN