Originally Posted by dougdirt
The job of every hitter is to get on base. If a hitter goes to the plate and isn't trying to get on base, I don't want him going to the plate at all. If you don't make outs, you are going to score runs. Joey Votto produces a ton of runs. More than anyone on the team. Producing runs isn't just limited to the number in your RBI column.
With all due respect, Choo who has been on base less than Votto, and played in 8 less games, hit only 3 less home runs, has more doubles, and more stolen bases, yet is beating Votto by 5 runs scored. If Choo was hitting third and had the #4 and #5 hitters which are the two highest RBI guys on the team and includes Bruce who leads the team in RBIs and HR's coming to the plate with him on, he would have even more runs.
Yes Votto is getting on base, but his run total is as much if not more a credit to Bruce coming to bat while he is on base and having one of his best years of his career.