They say numbers never lie, but everybody knows you can twist them, turn them, juggle them and flip them around until they cry uncle.
Even the good folks at Stats, Inc., where numbers are their first name, middle name and last name, couldn’t fathom what is going on in the Cincinnati baseball world.
...Second baseman Brandon Phillips, who took over Votto’s No. 3 spot in the batting order, pushed his average from .288 to .294 and began driving in runs.
...Catcher Ryan Hanigan went from .276 to .282 and rookie shortstop Zack Cozart went from .244 to .248.
Amazingly, with Votto out of the lineup, right fielder Jay Bruce is the only regular lefthanded hitter in the lineup and he is the only player in the lineup to drop in average, but barely, from .249 to .248.
...With the way Todd Frazier is playing first base and hitting, a radio guy suggested, “Doesn’t Votto have to play his way back into the lineup.”
To that manager Dusty Baker bristled and said, “When Joey Votto is ready Joey Votto is back in the lineup. We need him. We’re a good team without him, obviously we’ve shown that, but we’re a better team with him. What will we do with Frazier when Votto comes back. We’ll figure that one out when we have to figure it out.”
Posted: August 16, 2012 at 07:49 PM | 17 comment(s)
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