|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||560.00||29.00||.318||108.00||105.00||7.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Pittsburgh||62||20||3|| .500|| .500|| .323|
|vs Gallardo (Career)||34||8||1|| .441||.386||.235|
|vs RHP||382||127||15|| .464|| .513|| .332|
|Last 10 Games|
|Joey Votto still a first-rounder |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(10/10/13) Already this offseason, there's a growing sentiment that Fantasy mainstay Joey Votto no longer deserves to go in the first round. I'm hoping to nip it in the bud right here.
In Head-to-Head leagues, it's pretty easy. Walks are worth a point each. As this era's preeminent walker, Votto has so much of a head start on everyone else that he'd need a complete collapse in some other area to fall short of first-round numbers. In his age-30 season, I don't see it happening.
In Rotisserie leagues, it's a little more complicated but still pretty obvious when you account for downside. Everybody likes to dream about how good a player could be, but recognizing how bad he could be is as much a part of player evaluation.
Votto is a lock for a .300 batting average and 25-30 homers (OK, so he finished one short in 2013), and as this era's preeminent walker, he'll always deliver in runs scored. Even if his recent dip in RBI continues, which is no sure thing, you can't be disappointed in the numbers he gives you. They will be elite -- assuming good health, of course.
By comparison, Chris Davis hit .245 in the second half this year, so clearly, he still has flaws. While I think he'll hit .260 with 40-45 home runs in 2014 -- which would likely put him ahead of an RBI-deficient Votto in Rotisserie -- he has a much better chance of disappointing than Votto.
Whiffing in the early rounds means certain failure in Fantasy Baseball, so more than anything with those picks, you want safe. That's exactly what Votto will give you, whether he finishes with 80 RBI or 100.
|Joey Votto walks five times |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(9/24/13) Reds first baseman Joey Votto walked five times Monday against the Mets.
Votto walked in all of his plate appearances, going 0 for 0 at the plate. He did manage to pick up an RBI. Votto is hitting .308/.438/.499 in 565 at-bats.
|Joey Votto blasts 23rd home run |
|by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com|
(9/14/13) Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit his 23rd home run Saturday during a win at Milwaukee. Votto went deep in the sixth inning for a two-run shot.
Votto finished 2 for 3 in the game with three RBI as he added a sacrifice fly in the game. He's batting .306 as he also took a walk Saturday.
The 30-year-old has 69 RBI on the year over 539 at-bats as it certainly hasn't been the best of seasons for Votto. Still, he's hit in six of his last eight games with five multi-hit contests over that span so he's heating up down the stretch.
|Joey Votto has three HRs in last nine games |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(9/2/13) Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit an up-and-away 1-2 pitch to the opposite field in left for his 21st homer in the fourth inning Monday against the Cardinals. Votto has homered three times in his last nine games.
|Joey Votto connects for 19th home run |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(8/25/13) Reds first baseman Joey Votto connected for his 19th home run Saturday against the Brewers. He finished 2 for 5 with one strikeout.
Votto is batting .301 (22 for 73) with one triple, three doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI, 12 runs and 20 walks in 21 August games.
Reds want Joey Votto to alter approach, but only slightly
Does Joey Votto need to swing more? He's led the NL in OBP in the past four seasons, but his RBI total is a hot topic of discussion.
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2014 Draft Prep: Head-to-Head draft (12/2)
Yeah, we know. It's early. But now is the time to start looking ahead to see where value picks might form. Our Al Melchior dives into our first offseason 12-team, Head-to-Head mock draft.
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