For what seems like the umpteenth time in the last month and a half, MLB Rumors has it that Joey Votto will return to the Cincinnati Reds’ lineup tomorrow in the last of the 3-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies. Now I know, we have heard this tune before, but it appears that it just may be true.
There are two major reasons that the MLB Rumors may be true: 1) Votto was sitting in the dugout in tonight’s Reds’ win, and, more importantly, 2) the announcement was made before today’s game that the plan was for Votto to return. Now that is about as close to a rumor being true as you can get.
The question, of course, is how will Dusty Baker arrange the batting order. I figure that it will look something like this:
Brandon Phillips – He’ll be resuming the leadoff spot for the first time since the second week of the season when Scott Rolen went on the DL.
Zack Cozart – He got the night off tonight and should be rested up.
Votto – Of course!
Ryan Ludwick – Really came through during Votto’s absence, although his power numbers have been decreasing in the last two weeks. Part of that problem is that he seemingly swings for the fences every time up now.
Jay Bruce – He’s on one of his rolls. Three homeruns in three straight days. He’s accounted for all four runs in the last two games played.
Todd Frazier – What with it being a day game, Rolen will take the day off.
Chris Heisey – This is wishful thinking on my part.
Devin Mesoraco – Mike Leake is pitching and Mesoraco is back.
Leake – Because he is pitching.
As with any and all MLB Rumors, Votto could easily take another day off. When you consider that the Reds will have Thursday off anyway, it may just make sense for that to happen.
However, having just watched the pitiful hitting display from the Reds the last two games, I say, “Bring him on.”
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