Since the All-Star break, young lefties Shohei Ohtani (27) and Juan Soto (22) have continued their hot streaks, as expected.
In the last week, no one has been hotter than 37-year-old Joey Votto.
The first baseman homered twice against the Cubs on Wednesday for the second straight night. He’s now hit seven long balls in his last five games — a first for the 15-year vet.
Votto’s resurgence is even more remarkable considering he missed over a month with a broken left thumb before returning in early June.
You can practically hear the sighs of relief from Reds management now that Votto has resumed putting up numbers worthy of his 10-year, $225 million contract extension from 2012, which runs at least two more seasons.
Votto is due $25 million in 2022 and 2023. The Reds can pick up his option in 2024 for $20 million or buy him out for $7 million.
For now, Votto’s power surge has the second-place Reds at 53-49 — still with a fighting chance to overcome their seven-game deficit with the Brewers in the NL Central.