MLB’s Hottest Streak

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.

  • Prior to his stint on the injured list, Votto was hitting .226 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 29 games.
  • Since coming off the IL, Votto has posted a stunning 14 home runs and 39 RBIs in 44 games.
  • In the 12 games since the All-Star break, he’s hit .372 with a 1.468 OPS, eight HR, and 16 RBI.

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.