October 10, 2012
Votto's lack of production hurting Cincinnati Reds
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
The Cincinnati Reds aren’t happy with the lack or production from first baseman Joey Votto.
Votto has not driven in a run in post-season play and remains homerless.
He singled in the bottom of the ninth against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night to raise his National League Division Series average to .357 (5-for-14).
“That’s him,” said good friend Scott Rolen, “he’s struggling and he’s still hitting .340 or whatever. I’d like to be struggling like that.
“What he does when he’s not going good is foul off a ton of pitches, then they throw one in there and he pops it, or he’ll work a walk.”
Votto had 94 walks this season, an NL high, to lead the league with a .474 on-base mark.
“A series like this is what makes a World Series champion,” Votto said. "No disrespect to the Giants but we left the coast up 2-0. The way they have fought back has been impressive. We got a dose of reality.
“It’s not going to be easy. We win Thursday and the next series is going to be tough, too.”
There is the lingering doubt as to whether Votto is 100% healthy. After undergoing knee surgery in July, Votto was homerless since his return Sept. 3, a span of 122 plate appearances including 17 in post-season play.
“The surprising thing about the Giants is Tim Linceum,” said Votto about the Giants starter turned reliever who had the win in Game 4. “He wasn’t a success this year, but his changeup looked fantastic.”
The Toronto first baseman singled up the middle facing lefty Barry Zito, who he was 3-for-18 against lifetime, popped up in the third, struck out against lefty Jose Mijares, struck out looking in the seventh and singled to left in the ninth.
Votto hit .316 with seven RBIs in his 25 games with an .926 OPS after returning Sept. 3.
He has five singles and three runs scored against the Giants with no RBI.