Within the last week there have been three times that the opposition has gone right at Joey (and struck him out) with a base open and then proceeded to walk Jay immediately after. Each time it was probably the right baseball move (get the first out, then walk the next guy to set up a DP), but there's no way teams would have done that before this year.
That said, I can't see them giving him tonight off against the Cards. Maybe against anyone else (save the Pirates), but not against one of the teams you are chasing.
Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.
All the dishes rattle in the cupboards when the elephants arrive
There's nothing to worry about Votto. Every player goes through a slump, even a great one.
And this is actually his first slump this year.
Baker's MO is to start struggling guys to show them he has faith in them. I wouldn't bet on a day off
Chapman to the rotation!!!! Do it already!!!!
Player to watch: Joey Votto is coming off an 0-for-7 effort in the Reds' 16-inning loss to the Cardinals and is hitting just .245 since the beginning of August. He's still drawing his walks (.404 OBP in that span), but as the superstar hitter in the middle of the lineup, a few more hits to go with the walks would be nice.