First lets take note of what Votto is currently hitting
Compared to last years line of
I was curious as to what was going on with his early struggles so I decided to look into why.
Now before I start let me preface this by saying EXTREME SMALL SAMPLE SIZE DISEASE
Code:2006 2007 Difference GB Hit percentage 24.5 20.0 -4.5 FB Hit percentage 39.3 28.5 -10.8 LD Hit Percentage 77.4 37.5 -39.9 K Percentage 18.5 28.0 +9.5
Joey is getting fewer hits to fall in last year than he was last year, specifically in the air outs he is getting. He is also striking out quite a bit more this year. I think that as the season goes on though things will start to even themselves out a little bit and his numbers will rise.
Now lets say his percentages stayed the same as last year, it would have already added 6 more hits, and put his batting average at .282 with an on base percentage of .429. Joey has just been a little unlucky compared to maybe a little lucky last season.