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Sunday, April 21, 2013

McCoy: Votto, Choo chew up Les Miserables

VOTTO WAS THE least concerned about his homer drought — he had one until hitting one Saturday and another Sunday. Nor was manager Dusty Baker concerned.

“I can understand the concern about not hitting home runs, but I don’t feel obligated to hit home runs to quell everyone’s concern,” said Votto. “I’m not concerned about the home runs. The Reds pay me to be good. That’s all I try to do and if I go through a little bit of a homer drought I try to fill in with other things.”

Votto reached back into the history books to talk about his situation as a star player and removed several familiar names.

“Pete Rose hit a ton of singles and everybody considers him great,” Votto began. “Johnny Bench hit a touch lower with the avereage but hit a ton of home runs as a catcher. Frank Robinson, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan — all kinds of different versions of guys who were great and did things differently. And I look at those guys as shining examples of how hou can be a good player in different ways.”

AND BAKER?

“Everybody was more worried about Joey than we were,” said Baker. “Water seeks its own level. If you can hit, you can hit. Sooner or later you’ll start hitting. You just don’t stop hitting. He’s not old, he’s not fat and his eyes are still good. Most of the time when you stop hitting your eyes go bad, you get fat around the mid-section, your reactions get slow and you get old. He is a long way from any of those.”

And then there’s this conversation with eternity…

“The two RBIs were big,” said Baker. “Now we have to get Bruce going with a coule of home runs (he has none) and some RBIs (he has eight). Bruce is in the position (fifth in the batting order) where he gets a lot of opportunities, probably as much as anybody in this league with the guys hitting front of him — Choo, Votto and Phillips.

“The home runs are fine, but RBIs are finer,” Baker added. “RBIs are it. You see that when we get a lot of two-out RBIs we score a lot of runs. When we don’t score it’s because we aren’t getting those two-out RBIs. The team that gets the most wins usually gets the two-out RBIs.”

Repoz Posted: April 21, 2013 at 08:34 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: April 21, 2013 at 09:18 PM (#4421690)
Seriously, Choo has a 494 OBP and Votto's at 517; even Phillips is not great but above-average at 342. Bruce should have about 100 RBI already whether he's hit a HR or not. I guess Phillips is clearing the bases -- 20 RBI in 17 games is ... wait for it ... ON PACE TO TIE WILSON'S RECORD (barely ... as long as you round up).
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 21, 2013 at 09:40 PM (#4421724)
even Phillips is not great but above-average at 342

Yeah, but when you tack on a 542 SLG%, it's pretty effing great for a 2B.
   3. Dale Sams Posted: April 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM (#4421786)
Napoli has like 19 RBI's I'll be more than happy to trade him for Votto.

"Red - the blood of angry men!
Black - the dark of ages past!
Red - a world about to dawn!
Black - the night that ends at last! "
   4. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM (#4421797)
I guess Phillips is clearing the bases -- 20 RBI in 17 games is ... wait for it ... ON PACE TO TIE WILSON'S RECORD (barely ... as long as you round up).

John Buck is not impressed.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: April 22, 2013 at 12:14 AM (#4421861)
Yeah, but when you tack on a 542 SLG%, it's pretty effing great for a 2B.

Of course, I just meant it in the sense that Bruce should be coming up with 5 guys on base every time.

John Buck is not impressed.

Well, sure, but we expect that out of Buck.

Also Didi Gregorius hit his 2nd HR today.
   6. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 07:08 AM (#4421919)
Choo was on base 5 more times yesterday. Up to .523 ob%. 9 hbp in 19 games
   7. TDF, situational idiot Posted: April 22, 2013 at 08:27 AM (#4421937)
Seriously, Choo has a 494 OBP and Votto's at 517; even Phillips is not great but above-average at 342. Bruce should have about 100 RBI already whether he's hit a HR or not.
In 34 PA with RISP, Bruce is hitting .267/.353/.300 with 1 XBH (a double).
   8. silhouetted by the sea Posted: April 22, 2013 at 01:15 PM (#4422220)
Jay bruce's bat. Where RBIs go to die.
   9. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 01:33 PM (#4422251)
Jay bruce's bat. Where RBIs go to die.


Thanks for this. Jay will probably jack two 3-run homers tonight. :-)
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4422311)
Thanks for this. Jay will probably jack two 3-run homers tonight. :-)


I expect him to hit two solo shots, the Reds win 2-0 and Marty to fault him for leaving 2 runners on base in the 8th inning.
   11. birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: April 22, 2013 at 02:51 PM (#4422352)
I guess Phillips is clearing the bases -- 20 RBI in 17 games is ... wait for it ... ON PACE TO TIE WILSON'S RECORD (barely ... as long as you round up).

John Buck is not impressed.


Both are mere servants to Chris Davis.
   12. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 04:10 PM (#4422431)
I expect him to hit two solo shots, the Reds win 2-0 and Marty to fault him for leaving 2 runners on base in the 8th inning.


On a related note, Marty was whining the other day about the Reds leading the league in runners left on base. They have a .353 OBP as a team! They've had more people on base than any other team!

edit: They're hitting .286/.396/.432 as a team with RISP, which is better than there overall stats! What more could you want?
   13. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2013 at 04:15 PM (#4422438)
On a related note, Marty was whining the other day about the Reds leading the league in runners left on base. They have a .353 OBP as a team! They've had more people on base than any other team!


I've seen that with the Cardinal fans in the past. They will complain about all the runners left on base, and then you look at it, and see several runners left on base, but that is because so many runners were on base.

Both are mere servants to Chris Davis.

Buck has more rbi in one fewer game. :P

They're hitting .286/.396/.432 as a team with RISP, which is better than there overall stats! What more could you want?


1.000 batting with zero walks.
   14. Red Menace Posted: April 22, 2013 at 04:23 PM (#4422444)
Which team set the all time record for runners left on base? You guessed it, the 1976 Reds. What a bunch of bums.
   15. GregD Posted: April 22, 2013 at 04:43 PM (#4422466)
Which team set the all time record for runners left on base? You guessed it, the 1976 Reds. What a bunch of bums.
I'm sure Marty complained about them, too
   16. silhouetted by the sea Posted: April 23, 2013 at 01:09 AM (#4422984)
Thanks for this. Jay will probably jack two 3-run homers tonight. :-)

Close. His first home run of the year, a 2 run game tying double in the 13th and then scoring the winning run. I never knew I had such power.
   17. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: April 23, 2013 at 06:33 AM (#4423005)
Close. His first home run of the year, a 2 run game tying double in the 13th and then scoring the winning run. I never knew I had such power.


Thanks again! Now say something about Chris Heisey and get him going!
   18. silhouetted by the sea Posted: April 23, 2013 at 01:30 PM (#4423376)
Thanks again! Now say something about Chris Heisey and get him going!

Not bad. I had that exact same thought last night after I turned off my computer.

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