Originally Posted by RedEye
It avoids an out. That's a big part of the plan.
I'm in complete agreement that avoiding outs is a good thing, but at a certain point you have to so more than that if you're the best player on the team. I know, especially at the beginning of the year, votto was being pitched around a great deal. But often times I see him take very hittable pitches that I've seen him hammer in past years then take his base. His ops and OBP are great, but he looks very passive at times and too willing to not hit strikes within the zone. Not making an out is great, it may lead to more runs assuming the lesser hitters behind him can come through, but being agressive towards pitches in the strike zone would make him a more productive player IMO.