Joey Votto and Yasiel Puig have both been off to slow starts to 2019. Their slow starts have been a major reason why the Reds are in last place despite having the best pitching staff in the National League to date. Votto and Puig both got the Reds off to a big start in the first inning. Votto smoked a rocket for an RBI triple. Votto was temporarily stranded on first base after Suarez and Winker struck out, but Yasiel Puig picked those guys up with a big blast to give the Reds a 3-0 early lead.

Anthony DeSclafani could not hold the early lead and struggled through four innings. The National League’s best bullpen picked up Disco. David Herandez lead the way with two perfect innings with five strikeouts. Eugenio Suarez hit a game tying home run in the fifth inning, and Derek Dietrich had a bloop RBI single in the seventh inning to give the Reds the lead for good.

The Reds are now just 4.0 games out of a wild card spot with tonight’s win.

Final R H E
San Francisco Giants (16-23) 4 9 0
Cincinnati Reds (18-22) 5 10 1
W: Garrett (2-1) L: Moronta (1-3) S: Iglesias (8)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Derek Dietrich’s RBI single with 2 outs in the 7th inning, giving the Reds a 5-4 lead. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 19.5% (from 48.7% to 68.2%).

Positives

Joey Votto said that he is hitting the ball harder of late (something that the Reds radio broadcaster disagreed with but the numbers back up). Votto clearly proved that tonight when he ripped a ball with a 105.2 MPH EV for a RBI triple. Votto also had three flyouts, but all three of those were hit with an above average exit velocity.

Yasiel Puig went 2 for 4 with a home run. He also stole his team leading 7th base of the season. Puig’s first inning home run had an EV of 106.1 MPH, and his third inning single had an EV of 111.1 MPH (his hardest hit ball of the season).

Eugenio Suarez had two extra base hits on the evening, including his 12th home run of the year (108.5 EV).

David Hernandez pitched two perfect innings, and he struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced. Hernandez now has a 2.89 ERA, 2.21 FIP and 10.61 K/9.

Raisel Iglesias pitched a perfect 9th inning, striking out 2 batters.

Nick Senzel and Derek Dietrich both reached base twice.

Negatives

Anthony DeSclafani did not have a good night: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 K. He gave up a lot of hard contact on the night (average exit velocity was 93.1 MPH). Credit to David Bell for recognizing that he didn’t have it and giving it over to the bullpen tonight.

Nick Senzel had his first big league error. He dropped a routine flyball hit right at him. It luckily only cost Robert Stephenson a few extra pitches and nothing more.

Tucker Barnhart was 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts. He is now hitting just .172/.294/.290 on the season. Curt Casali is pretty clearly deserving of more playing time at this point. Casali has a 94 wRC+ on the season, coming off a 114 wRC+ with the Reds last season.

Not so random thoughts………..

Yasiel Puig missed an opportunity after his first inning bomb. The Giants fans really give it to Puig every time he steps to the plate, catches a fly ball, breathes, etc. Puig absolutely should have had the slowest trot in big league history after his home run, but Puig had a normal trot. Disappointing.

There was a scary moment in the 6th inning. Nick Senzel and Jesse Winker collided going after a bloop single. Both players were down for a while, but both guys were OK and stayed in the game.

The Reds are now +70 runs better than the Pittsburgh Pirates this season.

Up Next:

Reds at Giants
Sunday, 4:05 PM
TV: FOX Sport Ohio
Tyler Mahle (3.69 ERA) vs Jeff Madison Bumgarner (3.99 ERA)

52 Responses

  1. Sliotar

    “4 games out of a wild card spot” (really? it’s just now Mother’s Day. A little early for calculating the second WC spot, methinks.)

    Look, it’s great the Reds are scraping 1-run wins vs. a team currently projected to lose 95 games, but remember this quote earlier in the week?

    (Paraphrasing) Bell – “Iglesias and I talked and we will use him whenever.”

    Really? Tonight was the perfect chance to put that to the test…and Bell passed on it.

    4-4 game, bottom of 7th. 3-4-5 for Giants. Iglesias well rested.
    Could double-switch, Peraza in 8th spot for J Iglesias, who made last out in top 7th.

    Instead, Hernandez on. Iglesias comes on…in ninth. What a shock.

    As I wrote in the Game Thread, if Cincinnati had serious baseball media, this would be of interest and explored. Has the “Lovable Losers” culture really changed?

    Instead, I expect headlines of “Reds Getting Hot”, winning 3 in a row vs. 2 bottom-feeding clubs.

    • matthew hendley

      (Paraphrasing) Bell – “Iglesias and I talked and we will use him whenever.” Its funny that you believed that. Iggys in closing situations cause he is a closer. Hernandez absolutely dominated those batters anyway.
      Your second mistake was suggesting putting peraza in for, well of course anyone, but really to replace the best defensive player with the lead? Did you want the reds to lose?
      Standings (and that include WC standings) matter Day one. That type of mentality is needed.

    • CincyBorn23

      Do you ever post anything that isn’t negative? You made some good points, but if you can’t enjoy a win then why even watch?

      • ToBeDetermined

        Cincy23

        I guess we were thinking the same thing

      • Mason Red

        He’s spot on in his criticism of this team. I admire any fan who can enjoy wins in the midst of another losing season but not every fan is like that. Some are tired of 90 loss seasons and the continued promise of success right around the corner. If this is truly a Reds fan site then opinions of all Reds fans should be appreciated even if it’s different than others including yours. I’ll gladly eat crow if this team turns it around although I don’t see it happening. Or next year either. If you can find enjoyment with wins in another mess of a season,again I commend you. But don’t expect everyone to feel that way.

      • ToBeDetermined

        MasonRed or anyother commentor

        If your not finding any enjoyment from this team, then why follow them ? Life is too short. If they start performing then come back.

        I don’t think CincyBorn nor myself were saying that a poster can’t post what they want (of course within the decency guidelines of the site) But, I think that was a legitimate question that CincyBorn asked. Basically, what is Sliotar looking for out of this team.

        I listened to the game Saturday night and I thought it was overall a well played game. And I enjoyed listening to it. Last month I turned off a couple of the games that were just boring.

    • ToBeDetermined

      Sliotar
      That was a really good game all around by the Reds, that I just listened to.
      Did you enjoy any of it ?

      • Sliotar

        Y’all are a funny group.

        If the Reds lose, there are 50 comments after all, tearing apart a manager, a player or both.

        They beat a last place team by a run tonight, I bring up something I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere yet (passing on using Iglesias) ,,,

        and I am a Negative Nelly.

        I would love for the Reds to at least win a playoff series for the first time since 1995, since like I was a teenager…but tonight did not convince me.

        My regrets for the independent thoughts.

      • TR

        Wins over last place teams count the same way as those over better teams. As fans, we’re entitled to our opinions whether positive or negative. A six or seven month season produces a lot of ups and downs. The pitching, this year, is a big positive and I think the Reds are slowing getting it together to vacate last place.

    • JB WV

      I don’t care If they’re playing the Bad News Bears. A win today would give them 4 straight on a west coast road trip. How often does that happen for the Reds, even in the Machine days? Good time to heat up with 7 home games in hand. Go Reds!

      • ToBeDetermined

        JB
        I remember those West Coast road trips of yesterday just being brutal. If they can go .500 or better that in my book is a successful trip.

    • CP

      Yes, I’m sure the NYC and Boston media would have lots of questions after David Hernandez came in and struck out 5 of 6.

      The Giants 3-4-5 isn’t exactly the Murderers’ Row. Longoria, Panda, Mac Williamson with the bases empty…there isn’t a manager in the MLB that brings in his best reliever in that situation.

      The schtick gets old after a while.

      Go Reds.

    • Amarillo

      Alright, I counted because I was curious. Raisel has had 18 appearances this season, and has given up a run in 7 of those. 11 of those 18 were appearances where he came in at the beginning of of the ninth and pitched 1 inning or finished the game. He has given up a run in 2 of those 11 appearances. In the 7 times Raisel came in at a different time than the start of the ninth he has given up a run in 5 of those 7 appearances. He has a 1.66 Whip in those 7 “non-traditional closer” appearances. He has a 1.00 Whip in “traditional closer” appearances.

      The manager’s job is to put all the players in a position to succeed, and Raisel has clearly been better when he has come in at the start of the 9th. He still shouldn’t be complaining to the media about it, but he is noticeably worse when used whenever.

      • Jim Walker

        Sam LeCure talked about this on the postgame. He noted his eye test memory it that Iggy is not the only good closer who seems to have issues in nonsave and multiple inning appearances. He offered the opinion that it must be something involved with mental preparation.

        Maybe this seems silly but think about how you do on days when your regular routine is disrupted. Personally, if I know in advance a change or bump in the road is coming, it is not to bad. However if it comes from the blue, that can be another case.

        The key for Bell is probably to have clear communications with Iglesias. The player probably needs to know what sort of situations he might be used in and given a daily heads up/ reminder if he is likely to be used in a different situation.

      • Roger Garrett

        Never liked closer rules.Always thought and still do that they prevent getting the best out of you best reliever if he is only to be used under a couple of circumstances,If he game is on the line in the 7th or 8th and he is your best then he should pitch.If the other team is threatening to tie or take the lead he should be in there.If the middle of their lineup is due up then he should be in there but there is a feel for the game thought that always factors in for me.Like yesterday Hernandez was dominate in the 7th so why not start the 8th?One could argue Hernandez faced the tougher hitters and he faced 6 of them and K’d 5 of them.Saves stats and closer stats are just silly to begin with but I understand why Iggy said what he said and so does everybody else.Saves got him the money and will next contract time.Pitching him in non save situations could help his team win but of course it could hurt in the pocket book.To me its about the team winning but closers area different breed so we shall see.For me and the team he should be ready from the 7th inning on and when called upon go out and do his job.

  2. Reddawg12

    Eugenio Suarez has become my favorite player. He’s starting to see the ball really well and it’s very apparent that he’s been working hard on his defense. The Reds are really lucky to have him on such a team friendly deal.

    Great win tonight!

    • ToBeDetermined

      dawg12
      If your going to have a favorite player – good choice – Suarez will not disappoint.

      • PedroBourbon

        If the season ends today – Suarez is our MVP!!!

      • ToBeDetermined

        Pedro
        Great name !

        My drink of choice right now is the Kentucky Mule.

  3. matthew hendley

    Great pickup from the bullpen, Not mad at disco as long as it doesn’t become a habit. Good that the reds won a hard fought one run game as well, as it will get them into the mindset to do so again in other close games. Really hope that the GIants trade madison Bumgardner by tomorrow afternoon.

  4. jreis

    looked at the weather for cincy for next week and each day it is supposed to get warmer with increased humidity. I agree that Joey seems to be hitting the ball with more authority. he would have at least 2 homers during this road trip if the games were at gabp.

    I do worry that teams seemed to have really figured out how to play him defensively. the sifts are really hurting him probabaly more than any other player on the team. just seems like he can never find a hole or a gap.

    • VaRedsFan

      The holes are on the ground to the left side or in the air to the right side (like he did last night). Unfortunately, most of his batted balls are the opposite of what he needs.

    • Scott C

      I think the thing that is hurting Votto the most and Winker as well are the called strikes that are not strikes, especially those that are clearly outside. There was one case with Votto in Oakland where the first two pitches are clearly outside and are called strikes that puts a good batter in an 0-2 hole. And yes in the past Votto has been able to foul off pitches and work the count, but when a batter doesn’t know what the strike zone is then he has to swing at more pitches that may not be strikes. That is a definite disadvantage. The same issue last night at least at the beginning of the game, I think the umpire tightened his strike zone as the game went on.

      • Reddawg12

        This is a very good point. I know it’s easy to critique umpires with the strike zone box continuously shown on the screen, but it feels like both those guys have at least 1 called strike every at-bat that really doesn’t look like a strike. It’s been more noticeable with those 2 (IMO) because they both are known for having such a good eye.

  5. Jonrox

    A look at BABIP continues to show that Barnhart is likely to improve and Casali is likely to tumble. This year in particular, Barnhart’s BABIP is 82 points lower than his career mark. While his strikeout rate is up 6.1 percentage points, his walk rate is up 4.4, so it’s not like he’s lost out there. With just his luck returning to normal levels, he’d be back to something like .250/.325/375, which is decent for a catcher.

    Casali, on the other hand, had a BABIP of .352 last year, and has a .395 clip this season. That’s not sustainable.

    The ZIPS projection for the two, which pegs them close to career norm BABIP, has Barnhart projected to be .243/.326/.370, and Casali at .243/.311/.384. I’d argue, going forward, we should pretty much expect the two catchers to hit pretty evenly. Casali has a strong platoon split, so should get basically all of at bats against LHP, but there’s not really any reason to expect him to continue to at his current production level (keep in mind, despite his monstrous luck, he still is at 94 in wRC+). Tucker’s defense is still superior to Casali’s, so it’s justified to still give Tucker primacy at catcher.

    • Pete Blowers

      2019, xBA versus BABIP:
      Barnhart: .201/.206
      Casali: .245/.396

      2019, xSLG
      Barnhart .304
      Casali: .363

      SSS but there is a good argument for a more evenly split PT. By the way, both have a very low EV’s (~87). Reds need a true starting catcher somewhere in the near future. Both make decent backups.

      • Reddawg12

        Tyler Stephenson! He’s off to a great start in AA.

  6. RedsDownUnderer

    Despite the awful start on offense and the difficult schedule, the team is only 4 games under, and 6-6 on the west coast with one game left tomorrow. They still have 2 games versus the Angels in LA, 3 at COL, and a tough 9 game trip out west in Sept (Seattle to Arizona to Chicago). But things could be a lot worse.

  7. Scott Gennett

    Seems like offensive is finally picking-up, it’s in desperately need of better numbers by Votto and Puig. Among the daily regulars, only Barnhart is still way under performing, maybe Casali shall play more often.

  8. Steven Ross

    Ummm….I watched the entire game and a win, over last place team or anybody else, is still a win. Hernandez was dealin’, Puig looks like he’s turning it around but please, Votto went 1 for 5! That’s .200. What’s his average? .206. Three of his outs went directly to LF Williamson. He barely moved. Not trying to be negative but come on.

    • Pete

      Chris Welch made an interesting observation: Jeff Samardzija is no longer a power pitch, the hardest ball he threw last night was 92.8 mph. He is a good match up for Joey. Something to keep an eye on, it’s possible with pitchers throwing 90-93 mph, Joey can be Joey because he smoked that triple.

      Joey Votto is one of the all-tome great Cincinnati Reds and is going to get a lot of slack due to his history. Not only from Nick Kirby but a very large percentage of Reds fans.

    • VaRedsFan

      If Votto continues to hit the ball in the air to left, he might set the record for fly outs to the left fielder. He refuses to extend his arms like he used to, and now just doesnt have the bat speed to lift it out of the park. It all starts with arm extension….not the bent arm, late swing he has started doing since 2018.

  9. Pete

    Outside of Votto’s triple and Hernandez mowing ’em down, RI pitching a great 9th is very encouraging. His pitch selection by velocity:

    Garcia: 83,84 sets him up for a 96 heater for a swinging strikeout
    Panik: 94,88,88, 84, 91 results in a weak grounder to Votto
    Belt: 96,84,83,89 brutal, Belt didn’t have a chance – swinging strikeout

    If Rasiel can mix up like this with primarily off-speed pitches and possessing a 96-97 fastball in his arsenal, the league needs to watch out. His meeting with Bell appears to be paying dividends because the two outings since then, RI has been lights out.

    Nick didn’t mention it but this was a 1-run win for the good guys! If your counting…

  10. Richard

    Heads-up: Votto was temporarily stranded on third, not first.

  11. Chris Holbert

    It seems to me that the lineup is looking good with the exception of C. This season Casali seems to be on base a lot when he is in there. History may say something different, but at this point, looking for offensive effectiveness, he should get more PT. The pitching seems to be doing a great job no matter who is in there. How far can a Gold Glove a couple years back take you? When will the Reds realize they need a starting catcher. How does the potential Realmuto trade look now? Seriously people were asking, how can yo include TB in that trade, come on…

    • VaRedsFan

      Yup….it’s a good thing they still got Trammell ….still in AA…batting .214

      • lwblogger2

        Saw the correction but .260 in that league isn’t bad. You can’t just look at batting average and be done. I would have happily moved Tucker in the deal for Realmuto but Trammel and Senzel were both a hard “no”. I’ll stick with that. 6 years of either of those guys is going to be more valuable than 2 of Realmuto.

  12. Shchi Cossack

    This Reds team is still a work in progress, but that progress in moving in the right direction, as opposed to the stagnation of the previous 4 seasons. The Kemp acquisition obviously didn’t work out, but that was a long shot offset by the inclusion of Bailey in the trade.

    It’s way too soon to make a determination of Puig’s results, but the Old Cossack personally likes what he’s seeing from Puig lately, even if the results aren’t fully in line with expectations yet. Winker’s defense in LF has improved and may improve more going forward.

    I don’t know how Dietrich’s performance could be more productive and I’m not speaking of just his HR barrage. His defense at 2B has been completely satisfactory this season. In fact his 2B defense has not been terrible for his career, but that has been offset by his absolutely terrible OF defense. He provides exactly what is needed playing in GABP rather than that monstrosity of what passes for a baseball stadium in Miami.

    Senzel has played just 9 games in CF at the MLB level and his inexperience showed dramatically yesterday. He has struggled with his routes in CF, but has made successful plays. The play leading to the collision with Winker was indicative of Senzel’s inexperience. Winker made a good play on the dying quail, but Senzel had absolutely no play other than to backup Winker on his attempt. Senzel will learn and will improve his CF defense, but it takes time. Just compare the play by Williamson and Pillar in the 7th to the play by Winker and Senzel in the 6th to contrast how defensive experience can produce positive and negative results.

    I wish the offense had come out of the gate in full bloom, but the slow start does not mean the end result will be less than expected or hoped.

  13. Shchi Cossack

    This Reds team is still a work in progress, but that progress in moving in the right direction, as opposed to the stagnation of the previous 4 seasons. The Kemp acquisition obviously didn’t work out, but that was a long shot offset by the inclusion of Bailey in the trade.

    It’s way too soon to make a determination of Puig’s results, but the Old Cossack personally likes what he’s seeing from Puig lately, even if the results aren’t fully in line with expectations yet. Winker’s defense in LF has improved and may improve more going forward.

    I don’t know how Dietrich’s performance could be more productive and I’m not speaking of just his HR barrage. His defense at 2B has been completely satisfactory this season. In fact his 2B defense has not been terrible for his career, but that has been offset by his absolutely terrible OF defense. He provides exactly what is needed playing in GABP rather than that monstrosity of what passes for a baseball stadium in Miami.

    Senzel has played just 9 games in CF at the MLB level and his inexperience showed dramatically yesterday. He has struggled with his routes in CF, but has made successful plays. The play leading to the collision with Winker was indicative of Senzel’s inexperience. Winker made a good play on the dying quail, but Senzel had absolutely no play other than to backup Winker on his attempt. Senzel will learn and will improve his CF defense, but it takes time. Just compare the play by Williamson and Pillar in the 7th to the play by Winker and Senzel in the 6th to contrast how defensive experience can produce positive and negative results.

    I wish the offense had come out of the gate in full bloom, but the slow start does not mean the end result will be less than expected or hoped.

  14. Shchi Cossack

    This Reds team is still a work in progress, but that progress in moving in the right direction, as opposed to the stagnation of the previous 4 seasons. The Kemp acquisition obviously didn’t work out, but that was a long shot offset by the inclusion of Bailey in the trade.

    It’s way too soon to make a determination of Puig’s results, but the Old Cossack personally likes what he’s seeing from Puig lately, even if the results aren’t fully in line with expectations yet. Winker’s defense in LF has improved and may improve more going forward.

    I don’t know how Dietrich’s performance could be more productive and I’m not speaking of just his HR barrage. His defense at 2B has been completely satisfactory this season. In fact his 2B defense has not been terrible for his career, but that has been offset by his absolutely terrible OF defense. He provides exactly what is needed playing in GABP rather than that monstrosity of what passes for a baseball stadium in Miami.

    Senzel has played just 9 games in CF at the MLB level and his inexperience showed dramatically yesterday. He has struggled with his routes in CF, but has made successful plays. The play leading to the collision with Winker was indicative of Senzel’s inexperience. Winker made a good play on the dying quail, but Senzel had absolutely no play other than to backup Winker on his attempt. Senzel will learn and will improve his CF defense, but it takes time. Just compare the play by Williamson and Pillar in the 7th to the play by Winker and Senzel in the 6th to contrast how defensive experience can produce positive and negative results.

    I wish the offense had come out of the gate in full bloom, but the slow start does not mean the end result will be less than expected or hoped.

  15. Shchi Cossack

    Dang! I was really hoping that the Brew Crew would come thru again against the Cubbies, but 15 innings was more than the Old Cossack could endure. There was no shame in losing 2-1 in 15 innings, just disappointment, but I can only imagine the uproar in Reds land if the Reds had gone down 2-1 in 15 innings for another 1-run loss this season.

  16. Shchi Cossack

    Even with Kemp’s release, the Reds remain in a flexible position this season. The next 3 months could go either way and probably hinge on the next 3-4 weeks.

    If the Reds chances become essentially buried in the next 3-4 weeks then they certainly have to evaluate contingency plans for the trade deadline involving the expendable or expiring contracts.

    Puig and Scooter remain in play if they can rebuild value over the next 3 months.
    Wood and Hughes also remain in play if they van rebuild value.
    Hernandez and Roarke just have to keep producing to have value.

    Of course none of that matters if the Reds make a run on the NLCD and compete for a division title.

  17. old-school

    FWIW, my 2 cents.
    The Reds had zero chance of a winning record in 2019 when 2018 ended. The FO did a major roster restructure and managing and coaching restructure that at least gave hope and enthusiasm to an exhausted fan base. Derek Johnson is a very good pitching coach and the young pitching core is growing as a unit -Castillo/Mahle/Stephenson/Lorenzen/Garrett. The veterans have been rock solid- Hernandez and Roarck most notably. Bell has done a good job with the pitchers for the most part.

    Bell has also helped prevent this season from falling over the cliff 3x and regardless of today’s outcome, the Reds will play some meaningful baseball at GABP starting May 14. They have overcome the 1-8 start, the Sweep by the Dodgers, and the blown opportunity at home against the Giants followed by 2 quick losses at Oakland. Resiliency so far by this manager and team.

    After today the Reds will have played 41 games with only 15 at GABP. None of the their road venues have been in the top 15 of hitter friendly parks. Most of the 26 road games have been at pitcher friendly venues- Petco, and Dodger Stadium, and Oakland Coliseum and Giants and Cards and Mets. They faced Kershaw and deGrom and Syndegaard . Of their 15 home games at GABP, only 8 have been played in typical GABP weather conditions. The others in cold wet conditions not conducive to hitting. In those 8 games of typical GABP summer weather (Opening Day, the Braves series and the Giants series), the Reds offense averaged 7 runs and 10 hits a game. GABP with warm weather will ignite this offense. Of course, the pitching will have to deal with Cubs offense and Dodgers offense and Pirates and on the road at Wrigley and Milwaukee.

    Bottom line, Reds are far more enjoyable to watch. The offense will get the benefit of GABP and some hitter friendly road venues-especially in June. Lets see what things look like after the Pirates 4 game series the week of Memorial Day after a deep dive back into the NL central.

  18. Pete

    Interesting lineup today:
    Senzel-cf
    Votto-1b
    Suarez-3b
    Puig-rf
    Iglesias-ss
    Farmer-2b
    Casali-c
    Mahle-p
    Peraza-lf

    • Grand Salami

      I’m going on record saying I like this lineup when Peraza plays. Until he picks it up he is our new Billy. He has more speed than anyone else on the team and is more dangerous in front of Senzel than the pitcher. All catchers are used to hitting before the pitcher and don’t need ‘protection’ behind them the way some other position players may be accustomed.

      Win again and leave a successful road trip for the first time in forever.

      • ToBeDetermined

        Salami

        “He’s our new Billy”. I like that.
        The problem with Peraza is that we always had Billy in the past to complain primarily about. Now Peraza “is the weakest link”. So he’s getting most of the negative attention.

  19. Hanawi

    Think there was a good point made on that twitter stream about Votto’s stats. Not sure if it is Ward’s influence or the lack of power from last, but I agree with Matt Wilkes that Votto has changed his launch angle. Lots of fly balls this year, including the infield pop-ups, which you never saw previously.

    Maybe it’ll pay off when they get to better hitting parks and warmer weather. Or maybe he should just accept being Tony Gwynn in his late 30s and try to just hit line drives.

    • ToBeDetermined

      Hanawi

      Interesting point. Thanks. I’ll keep on eye on what Votto does in mid-season and see if he makes any major shifts in his approach as the year goes on.