Originally Posted by RedEye
No. Folks have been round and round on this argument in other threads. It's just not true. If you need further convincing, there is a recent FanGraphs article
that refutes your argument about what Joey should be doing by looking at an entire game under a microscope. The conclusion:
Votto knows what he is doing. He's one of the best hitters in baseball. In fact, he's a rare hitter historically who will likely be HOF worthy if he keeps up this approach and stays healthy. He will be an enormous part of any solution the team has moving forward.
First off I said Votto is the best player in the team and I agree with your future HOF potential. I had no problem with a single walk in that 5 walk game, or votto walking in general. I have a problem with some of the strikes he takes that are seemingly crushable pitches. The fact of the matter is that all strikes are not created equal. Strikes in the fringes of the strikezone are often pitchers pitches, but in a two strike count you have to swing at them to stay alive. votto, as most great hitters, is a master of this. After taking a very hittable strike right down the heart, he can make his numbers look like he is being agressive by swinging at and fouling off a number of pitchers pitches that are strikes, then drawing a walk. I'm 95% perfectly content with vottos approach. He is a rare talent and has the ability to not only be one if the all time great reds, but all time great players. I just think he could make more productive things than walks happen if he was a little less content to take some very hittable pitches early in the count, only to be forced to swing at more pitchers strikes later. I'm not talking a complete overhaul in approach just a small adjustment.
And while were in it, maybe the reds should be less concerned with signing a leafiff hitter who barely shows up against lefties and who they have a replacement for in house, in the off season, and more worried about getting someone who hits consistently with power behind votto so more of his walks get translated into runs, and so pitchers will be less apt to walk him.