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Votto Leaves Game With Injury to End Torrid June

Votto Has an Impressive June

With the Reds 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, the sun has set on the month of June.  Entering Saturday’s game, Joey Votto was hitting .404 with an OBP of .500 for the month.  He finished 0-3, Saturday, before leaving the game with inflammation in his left knee.  The Reds removed him as a precautionary measure.

Still, it was one of the best months of Joey Votto‘s career.  After hitting .392 and posting an OPS of 1.181, Votto is among the players favored to win the NL Player of the Month.   It isn’t the first time Votto has contended for the award.  Votto made his major league debut in September, 2007.  Since then, he’s accrued 28 months of Major League service.  The following table illustrates the six best single-month performances of Votto’s young career:

Joey Votto‘s Best Single-Month Performances

Month Year AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
August 2011 95 22 33 9 19 1 .347 .483 .716 1.199
July 2010 94 24 34 9 17 1 .362 .455 .702 1.157
Sept 2009 91 23 34 4 16 0 .374 .482 .681 1.163
June  2012 97 20 38 6 18 1 .392 .491 .690 1.181
Sept 2008 94 18 29 9 20 2 .309 .400 .723 1.123
May 2012 93 18 33 6 14 2 .355 .483 .677 1.160

How good was Votto this month?

For comparison, I analyzed the statistics of every Cincinnati Red to win the NL Player of the Month since 1958.  A Reds player has won the award thirty-two times since its inception.  Pete Rose and George Foster each won the award five times in a Reds uniform.  Eric Davis won it four times.  Joe Morgan won it three times.  Jay Bruce is the only current Red to win the NL Player of the Month.  He won it in May, 2011.  How does Votto’s June performance stack up?

Best Single-Month Performances Since 1958

Rk Name Month Year AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Frank Robinson July 1961 115 31 47 13 34 6 .409 .466 .887 1.353
2 Eric Davis May 1987 82 23 27 12 36 11 .329 .404 .841 1.246
3 George Foster June 1977 114 30 38 9 38 1 .333 .394 .640 1.034
4 Frank Robinson August 1964 100 31 40 8 24 7 .400 .466 .800 1.266
5 Greg Vaughn Sept 1999 108 28 31 14 33 2 .287 .371 .713 1.084
6 Joe Morgan June 1975 85 25 33 7 27 14 .388 .523 .718 1.240
7 Jay Bruce May 2011 111 23 38 12 33 0 .342 .402 .739 1.140
8 George Foster June 1979 110 21 38 13 32 0 .345 .411 .755 1.166
9 Adam Dunn July 2005 97 24 27 11 31 0 .278 .391 .701 1.092
10 Barry Larkin June 1991 92 24 34 9 23 13 .370 .496 .717 1.213
11 Pete Rose August 1966 129 27 52 5 24 2 .403 .431 .643 1.074
12 George Foster August 1977 116 26 34 12 28 0 .293 .336 .647 .983
13 Joe Morgan August 1976 99 20 39 8 21 15 .394 .500 .768 1.268
14 Dave Parker May 1985 107 19 36 8 28 0 .336 .379 .673 1.052
15 Joey Votto August 2011 95 22 33 9 19 1 .347 .483 .716 1.199
16 George Foster May 1976 100 13 36 7 31 0 .360 .409 .660 1.069
17 George Foster July 1976 108 22 34 6 28 5 .315 .382 .556 .938
18 Eric Davis July 1986 84 23 32 6 16 25 .381 .465 .702 1.167
19 Joey Votto June 2012 97 20 38 6 18 1 .392 .491 .690 1.181
20 Pete Rose July 1965 114 20 44 2 24 0 .386 .424 .588 1.012

I scored the performances using a simple formula:  Production Score = (Runs + RBI’s) x OPS.

Using that formula, Votto’s month of June ranks 19th among the NL Player of the Month winning Reds performances since 1958.  Despite not winning the NL Player of the month, Votto’s August 2011 ranks 15th on the list.  Despite a higher OPS, Votto was edged out by Dan Uggla in August, 2011 for NL Player of the Month.

Greatest Months in Reds History

Frank Robinson was responsible for the greatest single-month in Reds history.  In July, 1961, Robinson hit 13 homeruns, scored 31 runs, drove in 34 runs, hit .409 and posted an OPS of 1.353.  Robinson’s production score was 14 points higher than the next highest challenger (Eric Davis /May, 1987).  The Reds were 18-12 during Robinson’s hot spell, in his sixth major league season.  Robinson finished the 1961 season with 117 R, 124 RBI, 37 HR, .323 BA, and a 1.015 OPS.  He won the NL MVP Award in that season.

Eric Davis put together an incredible month of May in 1987, his fourth major league season.  Davis hit 12 homeruns, scored 23 runs, drove in 36 runs, hit .323 and posted an OPS of 1.246 in May, 1987.  The Reds were 12-10 over this period.  Despite missing 32 games, Davis finished the 1987 season with 120 R, 100 RBI, 37 HR, .293 BA and an OPS of .991.  He also stole 50 bases.  It was his most productive season in a Red uniform.

George Foster had a huge month in June, 1977.  Foster hit 9 homeruns, scored 30 runs, drove in 38 runs, hit .333 and posted an OPS of 1.023.  Amazingly, the Reds were 11-18 in June, 1977.  Foster finished the season with 124 R, 149 RBI, 52 homeruns, .320 BA, and an OPS of 1.013.  Foster won the NL MVP Award in 1977.

Mr. Consistency

It is interesting to note that Votto put together consecutive stand-out months in May and June.  During that time, the Reds were 32-23.

Votto’s consistency has been remarkable, throughout his career.  Votto has failed to hit .280 over the course of a calendar month only five times.

June 2008 .257
July 2008 .261
August 2009 .220
April 2010 .275
Sept 2011 .236

Whether Votto wins the NL Player of the Month or not, his importance to the Reds cannot be understated.  Fortunately, Votto’s injury is not considered to be serious.  “Last night sliding into third base, I jammed it a little bit,” Votto said.  “Today, I tried to play through it and it started acting up.”

Votto will likely get the day off Sunday.  “We’ll have to see,” Votto said.  “I certainly didn’t feel good.  I don’t see why this should linger.  There is nothing structural.  It’s an instance where last night… it happens sliding sometimes.  Today with the short turnaround, it lingered a little bit.  I will be fine.”

Let’s hope so.

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