Votto has the highest line drive % during any full season of his career (31%, compared to his career avg. of 26%) but with a BABIP that while on the surface looks insane (.363), is actually right in line with his career BABIP (.360).
So is it possible Joey's actually been slightly hit unlucky?
"I can make all the stadiums rock."
Are "disappointing" and "great" the only type of seasons players can have? Is there no in-between? It's not Joey's best season perhaps, but "disappointing" seems a bit strong of a word as well. Is he really a disappointment if he's not fully great?
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
What does it say that for all of Votto's disciplined, studied approach to hitting, he strikes out more than Phillips? Yet gets on base at a record pace. It probably says more about strikeouts and grounding out to the right side of the infield. Still, it's not entirely about a Ted Williams-like eye working a walk. Often he works a strikeout.
Votto's raw numbers for this season are probably the worst since his rookie year. On the other hand, the hitting environment in the big leagues has changed dramatically since 2009. I think it's safe to say Votto is having an excellent season but not a Crazy Old Testament God/Bonds-style mashfest like 2010 and 2012.
I do think Votto getting scorching hot is the one thing that could haul this club out of the Wild Card game. If he keeps plugging away the Reds probably drop into that one-and-done scenario, if he goes completely nuts I could see them making it very interesting.
Yes, if the Reds need one player to dominate, Votto is the man. The question though is why starting players at three positions are at or below .703 OPS and why it becomes Votto's responsibility to carry the offense.
I guess it's just hard for me to see criticisms of Votto when his OPS is 225 points higher than the third baseman, 256 points higher than the better hitting catcher, and 266 points higher than the shortstop.
Last edited by Kc61; 09-03-2013 at 04:29 PM.
To me it is all about scoring runs, You do that by getting on base. In fact the only way you can score a run is by safely touching 1st.
The Reds have a chance that 3 guys will score 100 runs, Phillips could get to 95 and Zack Cozart has an outside chance for almost 90.
I'll take that.
Suck it up cupcake.
"But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."
Suck it up cupcake.
I am not certain how you reached the conclusion that you did by using those numbers, but that is not correct. Votto strikes out at a higher rate than Cabrera with runners in scoring position. And that is for both considering and not considering intentional walks.28 of his 120 strikeouts are with RISP. 23 of Miguel Cabrera's 84 strikeouts are with RISP. So Miggy K's at a higher rate than Votto with RISP.
But really, I know I shouldn't even bother with the numbers. People believe what they want, regardless of fact.
Code:Player PA/RISP IBB K K%TOT K%TOT-IBB Votto 163 14 28 17.2% 18.8% Cabrera 173 17 23 13.3% 14.7%
Zero chance the Reds miss the playoffs!