Joey Votto 1B CIN 23 hours ago

Votto hit his third home run, a three-run blast, in Monday's loss to San Francisco.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was Votto's only hit of the game, but after nine days without an extra-base hit, the slumping perennial All-Star will take it. Still, Votto is slugging just .341. While it's hard to imagine he won't figure it out eventually, Votto finished with an isolated power score under .200 in both 2013 and 2014, and he can no longer be considered a reliable power hitter.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 2 weeks ago

Votto is in the midst of an 0-for-16 slump entering Thursday's game. He's been pulling the ball more frequently than usual - 47.7 percent of the time, as opposed to 37.1 percent last year.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's had a lot of hard hit grounders to the right side of the infield, but contends that his low BABIP (.220) is *not* bad luck. "That's not bad luck. That's me hitting the ball at people," said Votto. "I'm supposed to hit balls where nobody is. That's me working on my swing, trying to get to a certain destination, and I'm not there yet. But I'm working daily. Rome wasn't built in a day. My swing is a fine piece of machinery. Everybody wants to rush the Ferrari, but it comes out every four to six years. It takes time."

Joey Votto 1B CIN 3 weeks ago

Votto went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Friday at the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Votto's first homer of the year pulled the Reds within a run of the Cardinals in the third inning of a game they'd go on to lose. He's gotten off to a slow start, as the bomb was also his first extra-base hit in 10 games this season. In addition, he's only driven in runs in two of his last nine starts. There's no doubt that better days are coming for the Reds' slugger.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 3 weeks ago

Votto went 2-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Pirates.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran All-Star bounced back from a hitless outing on Friday to post his first multi-hit game of the new season. Votto now has walks in three straight contests as well, one of the constants across his stellar career. Despite only tallying a .211 average over his first 19 at-bats, Votto's considerable pedigree would point to an imminent resurgence at the plate.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 4 weeks ago

Votto went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs for the Reds against Philadelphia on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Votto is just for 2-for-12 in his first three games this season and the slugger has struck out four times. He hasn't found a power source early on with his two hits both being singles.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 1 month ago

Votto hit his second home run of the spring in Monday's loss to San Diego. "He's doing a lot of good things," manager Bryan Price told MLB.com. "He's playing with a lot of energy. It's always fun to see him get to his power. He just looks good. He looks advanced for this time of spring."

Competitive Edge Analysis

While Votto has no other extra-base hits besides the two homers, he seems to be seeing the ball well as he typically does, posting an 8:6 BB:K over his first 13 spring games. Votto doesn't have to hit for a ton of power to be highly valuable in fantasy even at first base, but there's reason to think he could approach 30 homers again given the hard-hit rate from a season ago (13th among qualifiers).

Joey Votto 1B CIN 2 months ago

Votto is 3-for-6 with three walks and one run scored through three games this spring.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Votto has a career .311/.423/.534 line and appears to be ready to continue that success heading into 2016. Unfortunately, while the 32-year-old will likely be an on-base machine, his RBI and runs scored may decline due to the many sub par hitters around him in the Reds' lineup.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 5 months ago

Votto will not waive his full no-trade clause.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Votto picked up that no-trade clause with his 10-year, $225 million contract extension signed in 2012. "I absolutely love playing here," Votto said during Redsfest on Friday. "When all this trade stuff gets going, it's natural for a player to have that thought process and what would you consider? I just absolutely love playing here. I really like where I live. I like my team and my job.... I don't think of myself as anything other than a Cincinnati Red. It's one of the really cool things about having a no-trade clause."

Joey Votto 1B CIN 7 months ago

Votto (neck) is back in the lineup hitting second Thursday against the Cubs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He missed Wednesday's game with a neck issue, but it was apparently quite minor and he should be good to go for the final four games of the season.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 7 months ago

Votto is sitting out Wednesday's game against the Cubs to deal with a "stinger" in his neck or upper back, Fox Sports Ohio's Jim Day reported in the Reds broadcast.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Votto has a significant on-base streak going, which could make it interesting if he is available for pinch-hit duty.