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Joey Votto has reached base in nine consecutive trips to the plate

Sep 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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Reds first baseman Joey Votto last made an out in the eighth inning on Thursday in the series finale against the Cardinals. Since then, he has gone 4-for-4 with five walks in nine trips to the plate against Dodger pitchers.

Last night, in a 3-2 victory, Votto drew a walk off of Chris Capuano, singled off of Stephen Fife, drove a two-run home run to the opposite field against J.P. Howell, and drew a walk against Paco Rodriguez.

Today, in a 4-3 extra-innings victory, Votto singled, doubled, and drew a walk off of Zack Greinke, then was intentionally walked once each by Rodriguez and Howell.

Ted Williams holds the official modern era record having reached base in 16 consecutive plate appearances from September 17-23, 1957. He walked nine times (once intentionally), was hit by a pitch, singled twice, and hit four home runs. While we shouldn’t hold our breath expecting Votto to reach base in seven more consecutive plate appearances, that he is more than halfway there is impressive in and of itself. Mike Trout reached base in 10 consecutive at-bats earlier this season against the Rangers, reaching base six times on July 29 and four times on July 30.

  1. mrpinkca - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Yeah, but he doesn’t drive in runs so he’s pretty terrible.

    • thomas844 - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      Who said he was terrible?

      • Ben - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        People who don’t actually understand how baseball works

      • supersnappy - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        Some folks in the Cincy media (I forget who) and been criticizing Votto for not having more RBIs, while praising Brandon Phillips for having driven in Votto so often. Mrpinkca was referring to them I think

      • drewsylvania - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        Sarcasm by OP

  2. yankee172 - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    God, I love Joey Votto. Especially since the yankees almost never have to face him.

    • nbjays - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Joey Votto couldn’t be any worse on them than the Bosox have been the last three games.

      • yankee172 - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        I’ve been trying to forget. Now I have to start drinking all over again…

  3. moogro - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Plate discipline snowballs into getting more calls your way with humans calling balls and strikes.

  4. disgracedfury - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I don’t mind the twalks but in 2010 he had almost as many walks as this year but had 30 homeruns and 100 rbi’s to go with all those walks.He doesn’t steal and he plays in a small ball park so why isn’t he hitting like a slugger.

    He didn’t get $225 million to walk.He got that because he was a middle of the lineup hitter.Let Choo walk.Anybody who says walks are more important than rbi’s should look at central standings on why the Rbi producing Cardinals are ahead of the Walking Reds.

    • drewsylvania - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      I guess you’re proof that there are still people who think backward baseball thoughts.

    • eightyraw - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      I looked at the NL Central standings. How do RBIs explain the Pirates leading the division?

    • dan1111 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      Votto gets on base more often than anyone else in the league and has done so for the last four years. He is also in the top 10 for slugging percentage among all active players. But hey, why focus on the positive?

      Ironically, the Reds have hit over 30 more home runs than the Cardinals.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Votto’s the total package. A complete player. The criticism is laughable. So much so…when people lament his lack of RBI’s I no longer take them seriously.
        I agree with your entire post dan111. With the exception of the last sentence.

        I don’t think it’s ironic the Reds have hit over 30 more home runs than the Cardinals.
        I would guess every team in MLB has it over 30 more home runs than the Cardinals.
        Qualification: I am only partially joking.

  5. cohnjusack - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Pretty good…no Jim Edmonds though (yet…)

    In 2000, Jim Edmonds reached by 12 consecutive times against the Astros April 10th-12th. 10 hits, 2 walks, 2 homers, 3 doubles.

  6. erbaodai - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    I don’t think Votto is not a good hitter, I just think it’s better if he still draws walks to maintain a high OBP, but can still expand the zone to get clutch hits when necessary in late/close situations.

    Like this:

    Votto would probably take these three pitches for a walk, but an ideal-hitter should be able to take these three pitches deep in clutch situations.

  7. StephenS - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Here’s my take: Joey Votto gets on base nearly one out of every two times he comes to the plate. If he’s doing that, then shut up. End of discussion. Can anyone else in the Cincy lineup do that? Anyone in the division? In the National League? In all of MLB?

    If the Reds had anyone in the two hole who could actually, you know, get on base more than once every FOUR plate appearances, Joey’s numbers might look a bitt different.

    • raysfan1 - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Well, when you go to all MLB, Trout and Cabrera both have higher OBPs than him. (Still, he and Choo are 1-2 in the NL and 3-4 in MLB, which of course is pretty damn good.)

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      What Stephen S. said! 100% on point.

  8. watchfullhose - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Also…Billy Hamilton: FAST

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