Zack Cozart

Reds First Baseman Joey Votto Raises Everyone's Average

Votto Effect has Reds players wanting to be No. 2
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<p> Joey Votto's presence in the Reds' lineup boosts the batting averages of Reds' No. 2 hitters.</p>

We often hear baseball pundits talk about the value of hitters being surrounded by other feared hitters in the lineup. It’s easy to see the impact of not having protection behind hitters in the lineup. We learned the importance of that nearly a decade ago watching Barry Bonds walk 232 times in 2004, with 120 of those intentional.

But what about the table-setters hitting in front of the big guns? A clear example is happening right before our eyes in Cincinnati.

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