Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto Turning Heads Early On

Joey Votto

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There is no disputing how good the Cincinnati Reds have been this season with a 40-27 record going into Friday’s action. The thing about the team’s strong first half is the production that Joey Votto is putting up. There are some statistics that are truly shocking about how good he has been so far this year. I think it could be up to Votto to continue these kinds of numbers if the team wants to advance deep into the playoffs this year.

Votto is hitting .319 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs. He is leading the National League in runs scored with 52 and walks with 51. There is really no good way to get him out or pitch around him at this point. The hitters around Votto are knocking him in if he is on base and Votto is make sure that he is getting his teammates home if they are in scoring position. It is a cycle that a lot of teams would love to have happen for their own squad.

He has turned into the best first baseman in the entire NL and should be the starter for the All Star Game next month. That is up to the fans, though, but if they were selecting strictly on a player’s production, it would be a runaway for Votto.

Cincinnati signed him to a long-term deal a few years ago and now knows that they have first base secure for a long time to come. This is a player who is working his way towards having 400 or more career home runs and a batting average that is well over .300 by the time he retires. Votto has become something very special for the Reds.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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