So the Reds have now won 5 in a row on the road (6 in a row overall) and their last 9 games against the Astros (they’re 12-3 against Houston this year). And if tonight’s score sounded familiar, it’s because it’s the third time this week that the Reds have won 10-4.
And Joey Votto continues to rake. During the 6-game winning streak, Votto is 14-for-26 (.538) with 10 doubles and 12 runs scored. 10 doubles! I tried to figure out his slugging percentage over the past week and it almost made my head explode. Dare we call his recent assault of pitchers Billy Hatcher-esque (Hatcher was 14-for-27 during the 1990 postseason) even though it’s not the postseason or anything?
Since Sept. 10, Votto is 28-for-60 (.467). Pretty gross. And he’s raised his average for the season to .319, which would put him about 10th best in the majors and fourth best in the National League (depending on how other guys did tonight).
He’s also reached base safely in every game in September – and he hasn’t had any days off this month.
BTW, did you know Votto would be the first Reds batter to hit .300 since Sean Casey (.312) and Junior (.301) did in 2005?