Reds first baseman Joey Votto is on an absolute tear. The 37-year-old hitting machine discussed multiple times in the spring how he wanted to punish the ball even if it meant sacrificing some of his long-known contact approach. It appears to be paying off in a major way. He's close to making history.
Votto homered, again, on Friday:
That is Votto's 21st home run of the year and he missed over a month earlier this season. His career high for a season is 37, so it's fair to say he's hitting homers at around the best rate of his career. That isn't really the story here, though. As noted on the highlight above, this is the seventh straight game in which Votto has homered.
If that sounds like a lot, well, it is. He's close to the all-time record now.
Most consecutive games with a home run:
- 8: Ken Griffey Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly (1987), Dale Long (1956)
- 7: Votto (2021), Kendrys Morales (2018), Kevin Mench (2006), Barry Bonds (2004), Jim Thome (2002)
Votto has two multi-homer games in that stretch, so he's homered nine times in his past seven games. Heading into Friday, he'd been hitting .350/.475/.800 in his past 23 games, too. He's about as hot as a player can get.
Looking ahead, Votto could obviously tie the record on Saturday. The Mets are sending lefty Rich Hill to the mound. Votto has faced Hill 13 times in his career and has just one hit (a single) and three walks. The good news is that isn't necessarily a predictive stat and Hill doesn't usually work overly deep into games these days anyway.
This is definitely something to watch on Saturday.