Originally Posted by tommycash
Players go through slumps (every single one). Joey Votto is a great player and even in a slump is better in the lineup than the alternative. Hopefully tonight is the indicator that he is getting out of it. I for one, love the fact that Joey acknowledged that he knew he needed to do better. He is a competitor. I hope we all know that Joey was doing everything and anything he could to get out of this slump. I am just happy we are good enough to win when he is off his game.
He's a notoriously analytical and thoughful player with exceptional talent. Whenever a player like him (there aren't many) goes into a prolonged slump, the tomatoes start flying with some saying he "thinks too much" or that he "just needs to simplify getting bat on ball." And that's all aside from the omnipresent BB/OBA debate.
At the end of the day, you either trust in his talent and his mind or you don't. I remember sitting just above 1B last year at GABP for the series with the Nats. Talked with a Reds fan (probably in his 60s) for most of the game. One of his more interesting views was a very thought-through opinion that JV was seriously "overrated." He personally like Frazier's upside much more. On the basis of $ and metrics, that can still be debated but either way.
I trust in Joey Votto. Have never bashed him here or anywhere. I'm really, really glad he's a Red. Give me "slumpy" any day of any week.