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Cincinnati Reds’ Star First Baseman Joey Votto Suffers Broken Left Thumb
On Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 the former National League MVP and MLB All – Star first basemen of the Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto, suffered a broken left thumb after being hit by a pitch thrown by Dallas Keuchel of the Chicago White Sox. Although Joey is not expected to have to face surgery in order to repair his thumb, this injury endured by Votto will most likely result in Joey missing the next month of baseball for the Cincinnati Reds who currently sit in third spot of the highly competitive National League Central division of Major League Baseball.
Potential Replacements for First Base
Even though it is impossible to replace Votto at first base a possible option includes Kyle Farmer. Farmer is traditionally a short stop that can fill in at first base, but the only drawback is that you lose a whole lot of firepower with Kyle batting for Votto in the Cincinnati Reds’ starting line – up. The Cincinnati Reds could explore other possibilities for replacing the injured Votto such as bringing up player from their alternate site or minor league farm system affiliates, or the Cincinnati Reds could potentially go out and sign a free agent utility player that can help the fit in where he would be needed in the future.
Joey Votto’s 2021 MLB Season Statistics
So far early on during the 2021 Major League Baseball season Joey Votto is holding a batting average of .229, he has 17 runs batted in, and 5 home runs already this year. Joey has scored 9 runs, has 0 stolen bases, and has posted an on base percentage of .302. Votto’s slugging percentage is .429, and his on base percentage plus slugging number of .730 is not bad. Joey’s OPS + is currently at 88. While these numbers are all much lower than Votto’s career averages it is very early, and we all have to remember they play 162 regular season games in Major League Baseball. Look for Joey as well as the Cincinnati Reds to bounce back as soon as he returns to the Reds’ big league ball club.
Media Statement from Joey Votto Regarding the Injury
"I knew I was in pain," Votto expressed following the ball game against the Chicago White Sox. "I thought I was being a baby. I just wanted to stay in the game, but I didn't think I could grip the bat and I was having a hard time putting my glove on. I could run and I was moving well, and I thought, 'Just give it some time, it should shake at some point. Maybe it's just one of those [where] your thumb gets jammed in a door or something like that and it just goes away.' It broke, what are you going to do?"
Joey Votto’s Baseball Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards
- 6 Time MLB All – Star (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018)
- National League MVP (2010)
- National League Hank Aaron Award (2010)
- Gold Glove Award (2011)
Current MLB Standings as of Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
American League East
Boston Red Sox 18 – 12 0 Games Behind
New York Yankees 15 – 14 2.5 Games Behind
Tampa Bay Rays 16 – 15 2.5 Games Behind
Toronto Blue Jays 14 – 14 3 Games Behind
Baltimore Orioles 15 – 16 3.5 Games Behind
American League Central
Kansas City Royals 16 – 12 0 Games Behind
Chicago White Sox 16 – 13 0.5 Games Behind
Cleveland Indians 15 – 13 1 Game Behind
Minnesota Twins 11 – 17 5 Games Behind
Detroit Tigers 8 – 22 9 Games Behind
American League West
Oakland Athletics 19 – 12 0 Games Behind
Seattle Mariners 17 – 15 2.5 Game Behind
Houston Astros 15 – 14 3 Games Behind
Los Angeles Angels 13 – 15 4.5 Games Behind
Texas Rangers 14 – 17 5 Games Behind
National League East
Philadelphia Phillies 16 – 15 0 Game Behind
Atlanta Braves 14 – 16 1.5 Game Behind
Washington Nationals 12 – 14 1.5 Games Behind
New York Mets 11 – 13 1.5 Games Behind
Miami Marlins 13 – 16 2 Games Behind
National League Central
St. Louis Cardinals 18 – 12 0 Games Behind
Milwaukee Brewers 17 – 14 1.5 Games Behind
Cincinnati Reds 14 – 15 3.5 Games Behind
Chicago Cubs 14 – 16 4 Game Behind
Pittsburgh Pirates 13 – 16 4.5 Games Behind
National League West
San Francisco Giants 18 – 13 0 Game Behind
San Diego Padres 17 – 14 1 Games Behind
Los Angeles Dodgers 17 – 14 1 Games Behind
Arizona Diamondbacks 15 – 15 2.5 Games Behind
Colorado Rockies 12 – 19 6 Games Behind
Odds to Win the MLB 2021 World Series
According to Intertops sportsbook below are the odds to win the MLB 2021 World Series as of Wednesday, May 5th, 2021. Currently the Cincinnati Reds have the 16th highest odds to win it all for this exciting 162 game regular season of Major League Baseball in addition to the 2021 MLB playoffs. The Chicago White Sox odds are much better as they have the 5th highest odds to win this year’s MLB World Series in the eyes of the Intertops book makers.
|Los Angeles Dodgers||350|
|New York Yankees||600|
|San Diego Padres||750|
|New York Mets||900|
|Chicago White Sox||1000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||1800|
|St Louis Cardinals||1800|
|Tampa Bay Rays||2000|
|Boston Red Sox||2000|
|Los Angeles Angels||3000|
|Kansas City Royals||5000|
|San Francisco Giants||5000|
“Joey Votto of Cincinnati Reds suffers broken left thumb after being hit by pitch”, espn.com, May 5, 2021.
“Joey Votto”, baseball-reference.com, May 5, 2021.
“MLB Standings 2021”, espn.com, May 5, 2021.
“United States, MLB Futures, MLB 2021 World Series: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, May 5, 2021.
Written by: David Green