Before the season began, a lot of people predicted Cincinnati Reds‘ first baseman Joey Votto to put together Triple Crown like numbers. Votto is not even close to being a Triple Crown kind of player and his numbers are not what they were expected to be.
Many Reds’ fans are questioning if Joey Votto should still bat third for the Reds, as he is not the most productive player on the team. While he may not lead the team in home runs or RBIs, he is still one of the best pure-hitters in the game.
Votto has a batting average of .317, making him the only player on the team with an average above .300. He also leads the team in runs scored, walks, hits and on-base percentage. His power numbers are down quite a bit, there is no question about that. However, he is still delivering and getting on base to help the team.
It would be foolish to move Votto elsewhere in the line up. The number-three spot in the batting order is reserved for the best hitter on the team, the best hitter on the team is Joey Votto, so there is absolutely no reason to move him.
Is Votto always exciting to watch? No. But, he does a lot of little things that get taken for granted. He gets on base more than anyone else, whether that be via base on balls or via hits, and he scores more runs than anyone else on the team.
Joey Votto may not be a Triple Crown threat this year, but he is still doing his job and is still one of the best hitters in all of baseball.