Joey Votto was named the National League Player of the Month for July. You probably aren’t too surprised by that since you’ve probably been following most of the games.
In the final week-ish of the month, Joey Votto became only the 8th player in Major League Baseball history to homer in seven consecutive games. He fell inches short of tying the record held by Dale Long, Don Mattingly, and Ken Griffey Jr. when a line drive hit the top of the wall in New York in that 8th game.
The home run streak, and home runs during the month played a big part in what helped Votto get the nod for Player of the Month. But it wasn’t just the home runs. The 37-year-old had 11 homers – more than doubling what he had hit on the season (10 – but let’s not that he missed a month while on the injured list). He also hit .319 during the month, added four doubles and a triple, and he also walked 19 times. All of that added up to a .319/.440/.734 line during the month for the Reds.
Votto’s production helped Cincinnati to a 16-10 month of July. But he didn’t do it alone. Rookie second baseman Jonathan India played a big role in things, too. And for his efforts he took home the National League Rookie of the Month award.
While Jonathan India didn’t put up the home run numbers that Joey Votto did, he was remarkably similar in every other facet of the game at the plate. India hit .319 – the exact mark that Votto had. And he walked 18 times – one time fewer than Votto. But his eight hit by pitches boosted his on-base percentage to .470 – higher than that of Votto. With seven doubles and four home runs, India slugged. 527 during July, too.
It’s been quite a run for Jonathan India over the last two months. In April and May he had an OPS under .700. There were flashes at times in there where he showed what we’ve been seeing lately, but they were just flashes. But since June 1st he’s played in 53 games and has hit .308/.442/.487 with 14 doubles, seven home runs, five stolen bases, and 37 walks. Oh, and he’s unfortunately also been hit by 10 pitches.
Looking at Fangraphs leaderboards, India is atop the WAR chart among National League position players with 2.5 WAR. But he is trailing Miami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Rogers, who has a 2.45 ERA in 110.0 innings pitched. Rogers has a 3.3 WAR according to Fangraphs.
Joey Votto’s Gotten His Groove Back
Jay Jaffe has an article up over at Fangraphs on Joey Votto this afternoon. He really dives into the numbers on Votto’s turn around from what we’ve seen in the last few years. One interesting note from Jaffe was that it’s the edges of the zone where Votto has really made big improvements this year. He also argues that this season’s turn around really pushes Votto’s case for the Hall of Fame into a “he’s definitely in” range.
Jose Barrero just keeps crushing the ball
If Kyle Farmer hadn’t decided to do his best Barry Bonds impression at the plate in July, Jose Barrero would probably be kicking the door down as the Cincinnati Reds shortstop. But Farmer did that, and that’s left Barrero in Triple-A Louisville where he’s been making enemies on the pitching mound for the Bats. He was just named as the Triple-A East Hitter of the Week, but he’s been on fire for several weeks now. Going back to the Futures Game, Barrero has hit .400/.494/.733 in his last 90 plate appearances. For the season he’s hit .309/.386/.520 between Double-A and Triple-A, and he’s been even better than that in Triple-A since he was promoted five weeks ago.