Originally Posted by SlimJim11
Also you say this like it's a bad thing. Why is it bad to get on base and not make an out?
Which scenario do you think scores more runs long term.
1 run in, 0 runners on, and 1 out
0 runs in, runners on first and 3rd, and 0 outs
Because Votto needs to be driving in runs. The players who drive in runs on a consistent basis open up their strike zone in situations when there's an opportunity for driving in runs.
When the rest of the lineup starts hitting better, Votto's decision to not open up his strike zone in run-producing opportunities won't be an issue, as Votto could end up scoring 150+ runs in a season, making up for the lower RBI total from this season.
As Cozart and Frazier enter their third full seasons, and Mesoraco enters his second full season, all three of these players will end up driving in Votto more often (and giving Votto more opportunities for runs to be batted in).
This doesn't include the assumed production that will come from Left Field next season as Heisey is a year older and Ludwick is healthy again.