CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto will be batting in the No. 2 spot in the Reds Saturday against Tampa Bay, flipping spots with Brandon Phillips, as manager Bryan Price searches for a way to jump-start a sputtering offense.
It wasn't the only switch that Price made to the lineup but it's the one that stands out the most.
Votto has made 635 consecutive starts batting in the third spot before Saturday. He is batting just .257 with an on-base percentage of .372 and a slugging percentage of .400. While 10 games is hardly a significant sample size for any player, all three categories are well below Votto's career numbers of .314/.419/.540. Votto has driven in just two runs this season and has just three extra base hits so far. He has walked six times.
"I feel excited about doing whatever I can just like the other people that switched around me to help the ballclub win," Votto said prior to the game. "I think traditionally the best hitters hit third and some people have gone against that but I don...