Votto was quoted last week when asked about his rep as a poor defender (and at that point he was looking really good), "I don't know where that came from." Well, I'm pretty sure I know where that came from. It came from Joey Votto not being a good defensive first baseman. Maybe he'll grow into one, but he's a long way off.
I think Votto jinxed himself with his comments. Since then he has been an Encarnacion-like disaster with the glove. Booting balls, missing on his (overly long) loops to the pitcher covering first, things like that. And not just the 18-inning game in which he cost the Reds a L with his error. Overall the last week he's been bad.
I love Votto and was hoping his rep as a poor defender was pure bunk. But unfortunately, it was true. Again, he could work his way into a good MLB defensive first baseman, but right now he's pretty bad compared to other MLB starting first basemen.