Originally Posted by Edskin
I won't offer an opinion here, just an observation.
Comparing Votto to the rest of our lineup is not the comparison people should be making. He should be compared to every other team's best hitter/biggest investment, etc. That is the fair comparison in my eyes.
Don't think anyone is doing that, at least I wasn't. Obviously I don't expect others in the lineup to hit like Joey Votto and I wouldn't compare tham.
My point is simply that Votto's leading the NL in OBP and is hitting over .300 and I wouldn't nit pick his offense when several other starting players are having such down offensive years.
If folks are dissatisfied with the offense, the emphasis might be on those barely hitting .700 OPS or hitting below. Not on the guy over .900 with the seventh best OPS in the major leagues.
Just a matter of where the emphasis might belong if one thinks the offense hasn't lived up to expectations.
If one wants to compare Votto to Goldschmidt and Cabrera, that's a fine discussion, I was focusing on the Reds offense generally.