The Reds' Joey Votto reacts after flying out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning against the White Sox on Monday, July 2, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Career stats show why Joey Votto swings on 3-0 counts

Votto left bases loaded with hard line drive to center Monday

Votto’s career stats show why he has confidence in that situation. When the count is 3-0 and he swings away, he’s 20-for-35 (.571) with five home runs and 18 RBIs. In the last 30 years, according to BaseballReference.com, Votto’s average on 3-0 counts is tied for second among players who have faced a 3-0 count at least 300 times.

Mike Piazza (3-for-4, .750) walked 299 times in 303 3-0 situations. Adrian Beltre (12-for-21, .571) has walked 312 times in 335 chances.

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Most of the time Votto walks when he gets to 3-0. He has walked 264 times in the 303 plate appearances in which he has seen a 3-0 count. When he gets a pitch he likes, though, Votto takes a chance. That’s what happened Monday, though he lined out hard to center field to end a scoring threat.

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Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said the previous batter, Tucker Barnhart, also had the green light on 3-0.

“Tucker was hitting 3-0, but the pitch was ball four, so he took it,” Riggleman said. “It’s a matter of trust. I trust that Tucker’s going to swing at a strike and take a ball, and I trust Joey’s going to do the same. That’s what he did. He got a good rip on that pitch.”

Although Votto left the bases loaded, the Reds took the lead with four runs in the eighth and won 5-3.

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