Father time is no match for Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds first baseman showed why on September 27th when he hit the longest home run of the Reds 2021 season. The lefty crushed his 35th homer of the year as his year-long assault against Cody Ponce continued.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
Cody Ponce has not had any luck against Joey Votto and on September 27th that trend continued. The righty tried to get a cutter by the Reds first baseman on a full count. The 89 MPH pitch left the plate at 111 MPH and landed way up in the sundeck for Votto’s second homer of the day.
Distance: 466 feet
Reds Rank: 1st
Major League Baseball Rank: 30th (tie)
Joey Votto Rank: 1st
Launch Angle: 27°
Exit Velocity: 110.9 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 13th (tie) out of 222
MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 404th (tie) out of 5935
The Story Behind The Blast
Joey Votto had homered off of starter Connor Overton in the 1st inning as the Reds put up four runs and ran him from the game. Cody Ponce took over for the Pirates to begin the 2nd inning and pitched well through the first two frames he saw. But then he ran into the top of the Reds order for a second time and they didn’t play around. After a sacrifice fly by Nick Castellanos, Joey Votto came up with a runner on and he laid into one, cracking a 466 foot homer to put Cincinnati up 7-0. It was his 35th homer of the season and it helped the Reds clinch a winning season as they picked up a 13-1 victory to move to 82-75 on the season.
To say that Joey Votto has the number of Cody Ponce would be an understatement. Votto is 4-8 against Ponce with four home runs. Perhaps the fear of Votto is what led Ponce to explore the option of pitching in Japan for the 2022 season. Maybe it was the paycheck, too.