Votto is not in the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals. The 34-year-old has gotten off to a relatively slow start at the plate, producing a .586 OPS in 48 plate appearances without a single extra-base hit. This will also be the first time since 2016 in which he's not in the starting lineup. It's likely just a night off to clear his head, so look for him to return to his regular post at first base for Friday's contest. Adam Duvall will take his place at first Thursday.
Votto is 1-for-18 with three runs scored and one RBI through nine spring training games. Votto is off to a sluggish start through the first weeks of spring training, but barring any negative reports in the near future, this shouldn't worry fantasy owners. He's expected to put together a solid season, coming off a year in which he hit 36 home runs, recorded 100 RBI and nearly won the NL MVP award. The 34-year-old first baseman appears to have plenty left in the tank despite early struggles at the plate.
Votto went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs against the Brewers on Wednesday. He got this game started off on the right note, hitting a first-inning solo shot that turned out to be all the offense the Reds would need -- though they added more. With four games left in his season, Votto now has 36 homers, one shy of his career best, and he needs just one more RBI to hit 100 for the first time since 2011. Oh, he also has a ridiculous 133:80 BB:K, by far the best ratio in the majors.
Votto went 2-for-3 with a double, a solo homer and a walk Friday against the Pirates. Votto crushed his 35th homer of the season to put the Reds on the board in the first inning of a winning effort. Although he's had a fantastic batting average this month, this was his first bomb and fourth extra-base hit of the month for a player who's been an amazing fantasy producer for the entire season.
Votto went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run during Thursday's win over the Cubs. The first baseman just continues to pad his fantasy stats and boasts an elite .316/.448/.601 slash line with 32 homers, 86 RBI and 84 runs. Votto's final numbers might fall short of his dominant 2010 showing when he won the National League Most Valuable Player Award, but this has been his best season since earning that honor.
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