I become more impressed with Joey Votto every day. So, it seems, does Dave Cameron:
As a result, his walks are way up and his strikeout rate is half of what it was last year, and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s now putting balls in play at levels you normally expect from slap-hitting middle infielders. Rather than sacrificing power to make better contact, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just sacrificed swinging and missing at pitches out of the strike zone, and the result is a guy who is essentially impossible to get out right now. He wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be able to sustain this kind of performance, of course, but the fact that he could so quickly adapt to pitchers changing their approach in how they pitch him is a good sign.
The other Ã¢â‚¬Å“flawÃ¢â‚¬Â that Votto had last year was his relative struggles against left-handers. He put up a .468 wOBA against RHPs, but Ã¢â‚¬Å“justÃ¢â‚¬Â a .382 mark against LHPs. So far in 2011, in the 10 plate appearances heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s had against same-handed pitchers, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 7 for 9 with a walk and, of course, no strikeouts.
Yeah. Good luck, National League managers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I have no idea how youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re supposed to get this guy out.
You gotta go read the entire piece. Joey Votto is not human. Is it really possible that he’s getting better?