Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/26/13
Joey Votto stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning of a tie game against the D-backs last week. Todd Frazier had just bunted Shin-Soo Choo from second to third and so Votto's Reds had the go-ahead run 90 feet from home with one out and their best hitter at the plate. This conceivably is the kind of situation the Reds envisioned when they gave Votto a 10-year $225 million contract extension last year. But Votto's pedestrian RBI total this year has left many a Cincinnatian frustrated with his output even as sabermetricians insist he's having a splendid season. "We can talk about sabermetrics and the importance of RBIs for the next week" radio announcer Thom Brennaman said at that moment "but this is a money at-bat." And it played out the way so many of Votto's plate appearances do. Votto diligently waited out rookie reliever Eury De La Rosa. The first pitch was a sinker that Votto who only swings at 28.7 percent of first pitches let pass for a strike. The next thre...
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