Originally Posted by Lewdog
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.
Choo has the best hitter on the team batting behind him who moves him over a whole bunch because he also gets on base at an elite level. Votto on the flip side, has generally had an out making machine batting directly behind him this season (Brandon Phillips), who hasn't moved him over all that much because he makes a bunch of outs.
Joey Votto deserves a lot more credit than anyone for his runs total. Why? Because no one can drive him in if he doesn't first get on base.