Originally Posted by dougdirt
It also makes up less than 9% of his total plate appearances and people are hanging their "Votto is unclutch" hat on it.
Has anyone truly suggested that Votto is unclutch? I certainly haven't. I thought that most people who think Votto isn't producing enough runs batted in has to do with his plate approach, not his ability to produce in the clutch.
Votto is the most consistent hitter the REDS have ever had. It doesn't matter the situation, who's pitching, etc. He produces the same numbers all the time. He just doesn't have slumps.
Those who would like to see Votto produce more RBI's would like to see his approach change when the run-producing opportunities are there. We would like to see him expand his strike zone or swing sometimes at the first fastball-strike he sees (because it may be the only one he gets).
Votto is great enough that expanding his strike zone under run-producing situations will have a more positive impact in producing a greater number of runs for the team, especially with the weakness of the lower part of the lineup this season.