The Indians and Reds played their sixth and final game of the regular season Wednesday night. If they meet again this year, it will be in the World Series. All right, stop laughing. Wednesday was the first time since 1999 that the two teams met while both were in first place. While the future is hard to predict, one thing is clear -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto made an impression on manager Manny Acta. "Right now, it doesn't matter where the runner is, everybody is in scoring position when Votto bats," said Acta. "He hits every ball is on the nose. The game plan is to not pitch to him at all, if we can. We're also not going to be pushing our luck because we do understand that even the best hitters fail more times than they're successful." Votto is hitting .367 (87-for-237) with 30 doubles, 13 homers and 45 RBI. He leads the National League in 11 offensive categories including total bases, doubles, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He was 1-for-4 in the Indians' 8-1 victory to complete a three-game sweep. "He's on a tear right now," said Acta. "Left-handers, right-handers, it doesn't matter. The only thing you get out of a left-handed pitcher right now is that he doesn't hit as many homers against them as he does righties. He's just scary. It's like facing Miguel Cabrera."
Manny Acta has seen enough of Reds' hot-hitting Joey Votto
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jun 21