June 9, 2012
How to get Joey Votto out: Don’t throw it in the strike zone
I saw this image on Twitter today (HT Joel Luckhaupt).
What you’re looking at is Joey Votto’s heat map during his 14-game hitting streak. The player on the left represents Votto, and the white outlined square represents the strike zone.
See all that red? That’s where Votto’s been getting most of his hits. He’s batting more than .500 on pitches he hits in that area. That’s an amazing coverage.
So the moral of this image is: if you want to prevent Joey Votto from getting a hit, walk him, or hope that you can find that upper-strike zone wiggle room for your fastball.
Dang, I enjoy having him on the Reds.