Originally Posted by LegallyMinded
I think you're being too harsh on Votto's baserunning. Fangraphs' Ultimate Base Running stat (see the explanation here
) actually has him as the best base runner among major league first basemen, and has him at third best on the Reds.
His fielding, meanwhile, has seemingly taken a step back this year, but I'd be careful not too much too much stock on a few highly visible errors. UZR still thinks he's above average as a defender, and while I recognize there are problems with UZR, there's at least cause for optimism regarding Votto's fielding.
I can agree on the fielding mostly but the number of times this season he has been unaware of where BP was playing, not calling off Meso, olay'ing balls he had plenty of time to get in front of....not blocking balls at first. I don't give a ray's butt about the rest of the league's 1B...Votto has declined from last year and a good bit from his GG year.
1st-3rd, scoring from 2nd on a single or 1st on a double....maybe he is pretty good compared to other NL 1B (which I still don't care about that)....how many times can one guy get thrown out by a "give up" margin? It may not have cost the Reds a single game...but his base running has just been head scratching way too often for any big leaguer. Those things, while maybe not costing the Reds wins.....frustrate me.
Back in June some where complaining of the Reds team base running on here and someone brought up a metric saying they were well above average. On that thread (near the ASB) I said I'd like for someone to keep tally of the ridiculous base running mistakes of the Reds vs the opponents during the 2nd half. While I haven't kept track....no metric that says the Reds are a good base running team will be something I can believe.