Joey Votto

Joey Votto

1B - CIN
Age: 35Bats: LThrows: R

Next Game

CIN @ CHC
A. Mills #184
Tue, 7/16 8:05pm
Matchup (?)
Rank H #74
Projection (?) 2.6 pts

Ownership

 
Yahoo
85%
 
ESPN
84%

Eligibility

Yahoo 1B
ESPN 1B
CBS 1B

We can't rely on Votto for power any more, of course, but the batting average should return back closer to the .290 mark in the second half to go with plenty of runs thanks to his bonkers BB-rate. Don't drop Votto quite yet.

Votto, now 35 years old, hit 12 homers last year after clubbing 36 in 2017. He has just four late into May alongside a .215 batting average and eyebrow-raising uptick in strikeouts. After lacing MLB's second-highest line-drive rate (31.4%) behind Freddie Freeman last year, the mark has dropped over 10% with more fly balls, but fewer hard hits. With no end to this slump in sight, it's fair to wonder if the bottom have fallen out on the former MVP. While it's still too early to cut bait, it's not worth making any buy-low trade offers.

Votto was horribly disappointing in fantasy leagues last season and he's been even worse this year. He's still hitting the ball fairly hard, but he's striking out more than ever and walking less than he has since 2009. He is due for a bit of positive regression, but at age 35, it may be time to give up hope of a sizable rebound.