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    Votto: where's his head lately?

    He's obviously a great player. Lately, however, he just hasn't been sharp...yes, at the plate, but even more so in the field and on the bases. Today's game vs. Milwaukee is case in point:

    • Picked off of first in the first inning
    • the base hit by Yovani Gallardo, he made a very poor attempt at the ball...that ball is snagged by most MLB 1B.


    Over the past week or so we've seen him drop an easy pop up and a few games ago he dropped a couple for fairly routine throws to first base.

    All the while, he's hitting .229 so far in June. So it's not just his lapses on the field and on the bases, his hitting is suffering, too. So, to me, it begs the question...Where's his head at right now?
    For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.

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    Small sample size?

    Biorhythms?
    Randomness ?

    Life?

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    Re: Votto: where's his head lately?

    His significant other put his personal fancy coffee stash in the Reds wives and girlfriend basket raffle?
    The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.

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    Re: Votto: where's his head lately?

    And just as I finish typing the initial post, he TAKES strike three in the third inning...
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    Re: Votto: where's his head lately?

    The "what's wrong with Votto" threads are always my favorite. I know that no sooner then one appears Joey will promptly begin destroying MLB pitching.

    I certainly don't blame ya for starting the thread because it does seem like Joey's been in a bit of a funk the last few weeks but that's only because contrary to popular beliefe he's only human. He'll be fine.

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    Pretty sick at this point of threads questioning Votto's skill as a player. His head is just fine. Dude has a .950 OPS when he is slumping. Baseball is hard.
    "Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013

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    Re: Votto: where's his head lately?

    I didn't question his OPS. Didn't question his skill either.

    Asked where his head is. Dude leads the NL in errors by a 1B. He's 11th in range factor.

    OF COURSE he will begin destroying pitching again soon. But in the meantime he's making bonehead plays in the field and on the bases. And when I bring it up, I get piled on for questioning his skill. Dude is in a funk. I think everyone would agree on that. I'm asking if anyone has an idea as to why.

    Again, never said the guy couldn't hit. But for all the praise he receives as a defensive whiz at 1B, he sure hasn't displayed that at all lately.
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    Re: Votto: where's his head lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedEye View Post
    Pretty sick at this point of threads questioning Votto's skill as a player. His head is just fine. Dude has a .950 OPS when he is slumping. Baseball is hard.
    I have no worries about his skills, at all. He baserunning gaffes are what have me worried.
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    Re: Votto: where's his head lately?

    Not Joey's best week on the diamond that's for sure.

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    Re: Votto: where's his head lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by max venable View Post
    I didn't question his OPS. Didn't question his skill either.

    Asked where his head is. Dude leads the NL in errors by a 1B. He's 11th in range factor.

    OF COURSE he will begin destroying pitching again soon. But in the meantime he's making bonehead plays in the field and on the bases. And when I bring it up, I get piled on for questioning his skill. Dude is in a funk. I think everyone would agree on that. I'm asking if anyone has an idea as to why.

    Again, never said the guy couldn't hit. But for all the praise he receives as a defensive whiz at 1B, he sure hasn't displayed that at all lately.
    lol! Don't you know that you are NEVER to doubt Joey Votto on anything? Now, any other player is fair game. Folks can complain about any other player, coach, and especially the manager, if they have one bad game. But you are not allowed to question the fact that Votto has been in a funk that has lasted several games.

    I am in 100% agreement with you, btw.
    Opinions are like belly buttons. Everybody has one, and they don't want someone else's shoved into their face.

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    Re: Votto: where's his head lately?

    The OP is spot on. Joey has been off his game mentally. I thought yesterday's off day would help. I'm sure he'll get it together.
    "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH

    Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS

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    Quote Originally Posted by VR View Post
    I have no worries about his skills, at all. He baserunning gaffes are what have me worried.
    Why? Is he not allowed to make a mistake from time to time? In high school, I was amazing at Mario Bros, but even I would miss some coins from time to time.
    "Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeS21 View Post
    lol! Don't you know that you are NEVER to doubt Joey Votto on anything? Now, any other player is fair game. Folks can complain about any other player, coach, and especially the manager, if they have one bad game. But you are not allowed to question the fact that Votto has been in a funk that has lasted several games.

    I am in 100% agreement with you, btw.
    This makes no sense and it isn't at all what folks are arguing.
    "Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013

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    Re: Votto: where's his head lately?

    I noticed he started doing the sunflower seed thing. He did that to show he does things us mere mortals do.

    He'll be all right. I've learned not to doubt Votto. No player goes without funks. Like someone said, it's a really hard game to play.

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    Re: Votto: where's his head lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by max venable View Post
    I didn't question his OPS. Didn't question his skill either.

    Asked where his head is.
    Okay, so you're asking a question that cannot be answered.


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