Monday, September 19, 2011

Votto and #Bruuuuuce on the Brink

At this point in the season, you just have to find something to root for and why not Jay Bruce and Joey Votto? They currently have a chance to do something for the Reds that hasn't been done in 34 years, and that is to have two players get at least 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in for the season. The last time that happened in Cincinnati was 1977 when George Foster went for 52 HR and 149 RBIs, coupled with the man who is newly immortalized in statue form, Johnny Bench, who had 31 HR, and 109 RBIs. That year the Reds finished 88-74, good for second place in the National League West standings, 10 games behind the Dodgers.

Of course the record is a bit different this year with the Reds currently at 74-79, 16 games back of the Brewers in the Central and poised for a third place finish. However, Bruce and Votto have got a shot to repeat the feat that Foster and Bench accomplished in '77. There are nine games left: three vs. the Astros in Great American Ball Park, starting tonight at 7:10pm, three in Pittsburgh, and three in New York against the Mets to close the season. Votto (28 HR, 98 RBIs) seems like he will reach the mark with ease, needing just two homers and two RBIs to get there. Bruce (31 HR, 92 RBIs) is more of a long shot, although he already has 31 HR. Thing is, he needs eight more RBIs with just nine games to do so and that's no easy task. So while the season will shortly end on September 28th, perhaps Reds' fans can take comfort in rooting for Bruce and Votto to reach the 30/100 plateau.

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