Votto blamed his subpar 2019 on mechanics and process, trying to chase his 2017 results in part because he didn't get the desired results in 2018, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer (via a segment on MLB Network with Brian Kenny) reports.
Votto said that the drop in homers from 36 in 2017 to 12 in 2018 disturbed his approach at the plate, but it shouldn't have. "In '19, I was really bent out of shape going from hitting 36 home runs to 12 home runs (in 2018). I viewed the year as a failure. But looking at my Statcast data, it was an unlucky season. I was a really productive hitter using relatively predictive data." Watch the full segment with Votto and Kenny -- it's really enlightening.
Votto had a single in his final at-bat Monday against the Dodgers, making him 1-for-9 for the spring season, albeit with six walks, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I didn't even know that," manager David Bell said. "I do know how many walks he's gotten. It seems like he's been on base the whole spring. Those might be the best spring training at-bats you can have, walks. You're seeing more pitches and getting a better feel for the zone and all that.
With Votto coming off of his worst season, he's under extra scrutiny this spring to see if he's showing any signs of correcting what held him back in 2019. The Reds' batters are playing every other day right now, but that activity should pick up following Tuesday's off-day.
Votto is extremely likely to continue batting second during the regular season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "His profile might fit as much as anyone who has ever played the game as far as his ability to get on base," manager David Bell said on Friday.
Bell hasn't outlined most of his lineup decisions yet, but he's emphasizing on-base skills toward the top. Talking about what type of hitters he wants batting leadoff ahead of Votto, Bell said: "I have a profile in mind, and we have guys that fit that for sure that are going to be regulars on our team. The big thing is getting on base. You look at our team last year, and the middle of our order and the damage that the middle of the order did last year and the potential of what they can do even more so this year, it's going to be important to get on base in front of those guys. The top of the order, on-base is really the No. 1 thing I look at. If guys can run, that's great, too, it's important."
Votto is not in the lineup for Friday's game at Pittsburgh.
Votto started the last eight contests but will head to the bench after going 0-for-10 with five strikeouts in the last two games. Alex Blandino receives the start at first base in the series opener.
Votto has abandoned choking up on the bat and has been more upright in the batter's box over the last month of the season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. He's batted .321 with three homers over the last 24 games.
This is some minor tinkering for Votto, who isn't yet ready to overhaul everything yet. "I really think I need to step away and just take as much time away from the game as possible, just kind of recharge," Votto said. "This is a taxing six months for me, personally. As a team, six straight losing seasons is very frustrating. After a while, looking across the field, you see teams playing meaningful games, it's very frustrating being the team on the other side trying to interrupt those strong finishes."
Votto (illness) is starting at first base and batting second Tuesday against the Cubs.
Votto was scratched from Monday's lineup due to illness, but he's been cleared to return for the second game of the series. He's batting .340 with two homers, six RBI and eight walks over 14 games in September.
Votto was scratched from the lineup Monday against the Cubs due to illness, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Votto is reportedly one of a number of players who have been sick in recent days for the Reds. While he'll have to miss at least a game or two, it's a positive that he's not dealing with the sort of injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season.
Votto was scratched from the lineup ahead of Monday's game against the Cubs.
The Reds have not announced a reason for the lineup change, but Votto is presumably dealing with some sort of injury. Josh VanMeter enters the lineup at first base.
Votto is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Arizona.
Votto started the last eight contests and is 11-for-29 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and six walks in that stretch, but he'll receive the day off for the series finale. Brian O'Grady will start at first base Sunday while Michael Lorenzen enters the lineup in center field.
Votto went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's win over the Diamondbacks.
Votto opened the scoring with a two-run homer off Mike Leake in the third inning. The long ball was the 15th of the season for the 36-year-old, who continues to battle through a disappointing season -- he's batting .268/.359/.424 with 75 runs scored and 46 RBI. Votto has been hot the last few games however, collecting six hits over that stretch.
Votto went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and a stolen base while scoring three times in a win over Seattle on Thursday.
Votto served as the DH in the interleague battle and responded with his seventh game of three or more hits in 2019. The 36-year-old is suffering through perhaps the poorest full season of his major-league career, hitting only .267 with 14 homers, 44 RBI and 110 strikeouts in 130 games.
Votto is not in Thursday's lineup against the Phillies.
He is hitting .263 with two home runs in 10 games since coming off the injured list. Josh VanMeter will start at first base and hit eighth.
Votto (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's game against the Marlins. He'll start at first base and bat second.
Votto landed on the injured list Aug. 18 due to a lower-back strain, though he was able to make a quick recovery. Jose Peraza was optioned to Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move.
Votto (back) completed fielding drills at first base Sunday but isn't ready to return from the 10-day injured list, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Votto took on-field batting practice Saturday and ran the bases, but he still needs more reps before being activated. The 35-year-old was eligible to return Sunday, but the team already indicated he wouldn't be activated this weekend. Votto seems unlikely to rejoin the active roster Monday, but he could still return to action sometime during the four-game series against the Marlins.
Votto (back) will not return during the team's weekend series against the Pirates, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Manager David Bell reported that Votto is progressing but will not be back at least until the team the team begins its series at Miami on Monday. In the meantime, Derek Dietrich should get the majority of starts at first base.
Votto (back) could return from the injured list when first eligible Sunday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Votto landed on the IL over the weekend with a lower-back strain, but it sounds like his stay on the shelf could be a brief one. Prior to suffering the injury, the veteran first baseman compiled a .262/.353/.410 slash line with 12 home runs and four stolen bases in 113 games.
Votto was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a lower-back strain.
Josh VanMeter, who is starting at first base Sunday, figures to continue to get steady work there while Votto and Derek Dietrich (shoulder) are sidelined. Votto is eligible to return Aug. 25. He has not swung a bat since Thursday.
Votto (back) could end up on the 10-day injured list, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Votto said that they should know either Sunday or Monday whether an IL stint is necessary. He has not swung a bat since Thursday and is not available off the bench for the series finale against the Cardinals.
Votto (back) remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
He'll be on the bench for a fourth straight game on account of lower-back tightness, an issue the Reds are viewing as a day-to-day concern. Considering Votto hasn't even been deployed as a pinch hitter over the past three days, a trip to the injured list remains a potential outcome for the six-time All-Star. Josh VanMeter will man first base in the series finale and will be the primary beneficiary for added time at the position if Votto ends up being placed on the IL.
Votto (back) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Cardinals.
He will miss his third straight game since getting scratched from Thursday's lineup with lower-back tightness. Josh VanMeter will start at first base and hit second.
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