Originally Posted by Mutaman
I don't think anybody's saying Joey should or has to do it alone. Remember, the best ball this team has played over the last couple of years happened when Joey was on the DL.
I've been waiting for him to step up and carry this team for awhile like Ludwick did last July/August. Its beginning to look like he's not that kind of player and that he will never be the player he was pre injury.
Votto has been wonderful this season IMO. He doesn't get many good pitches, he's been under a lot of pressure from the media. Yet he doesn't give in, doesn't swing at bad pitches, still has a very high OBP and a SLG over .500.
The best way to help Joey is to continue to add more and more good hitters to the lineup. Right now, pitchers don't have many guys to fear. It will be a lot easier for Votto someday when the overall offense is stronger.
Neither this article nor any of the other media comments about Votto's power production are valid IMO. Given the circumstances, he's had a heck of a season at the dish.