CINCINNATI -- There are those who don't believe in coincidences, particularly every detective on every cop show ever produced.
So is it coincidence or is it not that a shift in the Cincinnati Reds batting order has turned first baseman Joey Votto into a baseball blow torch.
On Friday, Votto was batting in the No. 3 spot in the batting order, home sweet home for him for as long as anybody can remember. But the team was struggling to score runs, losing five of their first eight losses by one run.
And Votto was not driving in runs, was not hitting for power.
New manager Bryan Price figured it was time for drastic measures, something most fans believed he would never do. He moved Votto to the No. 2 spot in the order.
So Price provided the new-look batting order for Saturday's game and suddenly the offense shifted into a higher gear and Votto became the terror he was in 2010 when he was National League Most Valuable player.
The Reds have won three of their last five. Votto? He is 8 for 1...