Originally Posted by bucksfan2
IMO for the Reds to really take the next step and go on a run to compete for the NL Central they need Votto to go into beast mode. They need their best hitter to start driving the ball all over the field. If at the end of the season we say Joey Votto had a good season well then ok. If we say Votto had a great finish then they are probably NL Central Champs.
But that's the shame of it. The Reds have two unbelievable OBP guys, each of whom has also put up prettty good power numbers this year. Yet the team's offense is so uneven that the only way fans (myself included) can conceive of a division title is for one of those two guys to go into "beast mode." Or maybe Bruce.
Very few great players have MVP seasons every year. In Joey's case, he probably hasn't. But look what he's accomplished for a "not perfect" season. .928 OPS, seventh in the major leagues. Justy shy of .500 SLG. NL leading OBP.
The other starters on the team, besides the "big three" have OPS of .741, .736, .703, .671 and .661. Wouldn't it be best for the team if a few of them were in the high .700s? Instead of asking Votto to go into "beast mode?"