Originally Posted by Kc61
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?"
Of course it would be better if any of them were better, but which do you think is more realistic? Votto going into "beast mode" again or Cozart, Frazier, Mes, Heisey, etc turning into something they've never been in the majors at any point?
Overall though, I'm not really sure why we're looking for someone to blame in the first place. Nothing bad has even happened. Save that for the 20 teams who don't make the playoffs or at least put it on hold until we're eliminated.