Found March 12, 2014 on The Outside Corner:
The Reds are going to try once again to make the leap from playoff also-ran to actual World Series threat. To make that happen though they are going to need big contributions from a core of players. Joey Votto Joey Votto is just about as reliably great as one can be. He is going to hit over .300. His OBP is going to be top five in the league. He's going to at least be in the MVP conversation. He is the heart of the entire Reds lineup. They go as Votto goes. The only real question about Votto is just how great he will be. The one nit that people have begun to pick with Votto is his ability and/or willingness to drive the ball. In 2013, Votto posted the lowest Isolated Power of his career at .186. That's pretty dang good but a sharp fall off from his career level of .227. That power dip led to some inane criticism that perhaps Votto's supreme ability to draw walks was in some way a detriment to his ability and supposed purpose of driving in runs. Fair or no...
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