Joey Votto homered again on Friday night. His solo home run to center against the New York Mets made it seven consecutive games with a home run for Votto, and nine home runs in that stretch. Very few players have ever homered in seven straight games – it’s happened just eight times, including Votto’s current run. Only three players have ever done so in eight games in a row. Dale Long was the first to do so way back in 1956. It was another 31 seasons before Don Mattingly tied the mark in 1987. Six years later it was Ken Griffey Jr. who tied the mark in 1993. No one has done it since, though Kendrys Morales made a run at it in 2018 when he hit a homer in seven straight.
So what it is that’s gotten into Joey Votto at age 37? Well, here’s what he had to say about his home run streak the other day:
I’m trying to homer. That’s the difference. I’ve been trying to homer.
With the streak sitting at seven games, with nine of his last ten hits being home runs, Votto was asked if he could put into words what it was like to be in the zone like this.
“I’ve never been in a place like this before,” Votto said. “It’s exciting.”
Never been a place like this before would sound like the right answer for most players in Major League history. But Joey Votto isn’t most players. He’s a former Most Valuable Player. He’s a guy who over the first 11 seasons of his career hit .313/.428/.541 and was one of the best hitters in the game every single year in which he was healthy during that stretch.
Reds on rehab
The Cincinnati Reds saw five big leaguers take the field on rehab assignment on Friday night. Lucas Sims started the game for Triple-A Louisville and allowed a single in a scoreless inning while striking out two batters. Nick Senzel went 1-2 in his first game on assignment with Louisville. So did Mike Moustakas. Alex Blandino also went 1-2 but his hit was a double. Michael Feliz is on assignment with High-A Dayton and he tossed a perfect inning with two strikeouts.