Sunday, June 3, 2012

Joey Votto was born to hit versus Houston

Success has come Votto-matically for this guy vs Houston
Joey Votto loves hitting against the Houston Astros. The kind of lifetime numbers I'm about to show to you is more than evidence of that. However, even the stats don't really do it justice, but I'll divulge them anyway.

Entering Sunday's matinee, Votto sported a slash line of .368/.430/.615 in 62 career games against the 'Stros. His 88 hits, 29 doubles, 3 triples and 99 total bases against them are the most among any other MLB teams he's faced. His 42 runs scored and .368 average are second.

And when it comes to actually playing in Houston, the Canadian native has been even better. He's put up video game-type numbers in 32 lifetime games at Minute Maid Park. He owns a .426/.479/.636 slash line with 55 hits including five homers, 23 RBI, 19 doubles. Those 55 hits, 19 doubles, three triples and .426 clip are career-bests for Votto batting in opposing parks.

If you were to pro-rate his career statistics against Houston over a 162-game season his line would look something like this: .368 BA, 21 HR, 94 RBI, 76 2B, 8 3B, 91 RS. Although the home run and RBI totals wouldn't be nothing too spectacular, the extra base hits sure are.

But perhaps the most telling stat of all is this one: 35-16. That's the Reds' record versus the Astros in the past four seasons -- all of which Votto has been a part of. This includes victories in 32 of their past 45 games against them, which also includes winning 13 of the last 15 series including this current one.

Yes, Votto is to the Astros as Albert Pujols was to the Reds for many years -- lethal. Unfortunately for the Reds and Votto, Houston's move to the American League West beginning next season will greatly diminish his opportunities to terrorize them. But keep your heads up Reds nation, that still leaves nine games in 2012. Enjoy the show.

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