Joey Votto returns to the lineup, and his hometown, as the red-hot Reds battle the Blue Jays

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto gives a press conference.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto gives a press conference. / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Currently, it's Tyler Naquin's world and we're just living in it. Over his last 15 games, the Cincinnati Reds outfielder is slashing .309/.356/.600 with three round-trippers, and 12 RBIs with two stolen bases. Next, his impressive play has been rewarded.

Yesterday, Naquin became the Redlegs' first position player since Kristopher Negron in the 2014 season, to collect the Ohio Cup Frank Robinson Most Outstanding Player Award after going 8-for-15 with two doubles, three homers, and seven runs scored against his former team the Guardians. Honestly, I didn't even know this award existed until yesterday, but shoutout to Kristopher Negron.

Since arriving in the Queen City prior to the 2021 season, Naquin is playing the best baseball of his career. A former first-round selection of Cleveland, the left-handed-hitting slugger is slashing .267/.328/.473 with 22 homers and 90 ribbies in 516 at-bats entering play yesterday as a member of the Reds.

What the future holds for Naquin in a Cincinnati uniform is anyone's guess. Naquin will be a free agent following the 2022 campaign and his bat could definitely help a contender down the stretch this season. A word of warning Reds Country, let's enjoy Tyler Naquin while he's still a member of the Reds.

Prediction: Reds vs. Blue Jays

Despite their recent skid, the Toronto Blue Jays are a quality ballclub, especially at home. The Jays are an impressive 12-7 at the Rogers Centre his year. As result, expect the Reds to drop two of three and lose their first series in a couple of weeks.

Following the trip to Canada, the Redlegs return home to open a seven-game homestand versus the division rival Chicago Cubs and the equally as hot San Francisco Giants.

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