Joey Votto may not be the name at the top of your MVP list, but there is no reason why he shouldn’t be. After all, Votto has hands down been on the best players in the entire league when it comes to getting on base and creating runs. And ultimately, isn’t this the most important thing that a player needs to be able to do?
Votto faces tough competition in the NL MVP standings but luckily enough for him, the race really is wide open. Votto may not have the most HRs or RBIs in the league, but what he does have is the fact that overall, there is nobody better. Votto does everything well and in the end, the Cincinnati Reds really would not have been able to jump into the playoff race without him.
Of the NL MVP candidates that have been talked most about, Votto hasn’t really stood out when it comes to the power numbers. He has just 24 HRs and 73 RBIs, the latter of which is the lowest among MVP hopefuls. But what Votto has lacked in power, he makes up for in just a sheer ability to get on base and score runs.
Votto leads all MLB players in walks with 135. Paul Goldschmidt, one of the MVP favorites, is third with just 99. Votto’s BB/K is also the best in the NL at 0.98. Additionally,Votto leads the NL and is second just to Miguel Cabrera in the league with his OBP. Votto’s mark of .436 is .32 points higher than that of Andrew McCutchen, another MVP candidate.
And to veer off of standard statistics for a second, Votto also leads all of the NL in a category called runs created.
A sabermetrics statistic, RC looks at a player’s contributions to the runs scored by that player’s team. In Votto’s case, his 128 estimated runs created in 2013 are fourth in MLB and as mentioned, first in the NL.
So while Votto may not have the top-notch power numbers that you typically look for in an MVP, his contributions to the Reds cannot be ignored. Hitting third, he is a huge part of why guys like Jay Bruce have the guys to drive in to record 100 RBIs.
Marilee Gallagher is a baseball writer for RantSports.com. You can follow her on Twitter @MGallagher17 like her page on Facebook, or join her network on Google.