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Last week's formal poll got lost in the ether, so we'll just go ahead and give it to Joey Votto again. I don't think I've ever seen a hitter so locked in. In fact, I'm struggling to write anything here that will describe his performance with anything approaching accuracy. So let's move on.
Week 11 saw the Reds put together their best stretch of the season, sweeping the Indians out of Cincinnati and then moving on to New York City to sweep the Mets out of their own house. They even saw a squirrel there, which is incredible! So yeah, six wins and only one loss for the week is pr' darn good, if you ask me. And here are the gentlemen who keyed such success:
This nomination is a very special one. When you look at Willy Wiggles' stat line, it really isn't all that impressive (at least, compared to the rest of these guys). He slashed just .304/.333/.348. But you have to hand it to him. When the Reds were devastated by the flu bug and various other injuries, Valdez stepped in and performed admirably. He started two games at SS for Zack Cozart when he was sick and three games in CF when Stubbs was struggling with an oblique strain (and the flu as well) and Chris Heisey had a groin strain. That kind of versatility is very valuable.
He was also clutch at heck. He was on base eight times for the week and he scored four runs. He also drove in five runs. Six singles in a week isn't terribly impressive, but he made the absolute most out of them.
BPeezy is red hot right now, tallying three 3-hit games last week. He was particularly brutal against his old Indians squad, going 11-18 against them. All told, he slashed .438/.455/.750 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, and seven runs scored.
He was Cuetotally awesome last week, throwing a combined 16 innings over two starts while only giving up two runs. He struck out 15 and walked only one. If it weren't for Matt Cain and R.A. Dickey, I think he would be getting some national attention for this. But whatevs, I mean, I think just getting mentioned in such an esteemed and long-standing piece of journalistic excellence as the Red o' the Week is sufficient.
It is really, really good to see Ducky starting to hit a bit. For the month of June, he's slugging nearly .600. He's still not getting on base very much, but if he can contribute some extra-base hits now and then I think he can be a perfectly viable LF for this team as they run for the division. His OBP for the season is still under .300, but his wRC+ is right at 100. If he can keep his bat right around league-average and keep playing decent defense, I think we just might be okay.
For the week, he slashed .348/.385/.652 with five extra-base hits and two walks.
.480/.606/.960 with three homers, three doubles, and seven walks (three intentional). He make hard me for try be all grammatically write oh my brain.
I also feel compelled to tip the cap to Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart, Homer Bailey, and Sean Marshall, all of whom had outstanding weeks. They just weren't good enough to hang with the big fellas listed above. Six-game winning streaks are rarely generated by a handful of guys getting hot at the same time, and that holds true for this particular stretch. It really was a team effort.
Wilson Valdez (31 votes)
Brandon Phillips (42 votes)
Johnny Cueto (23 votes)
Ryan Ludwick (3 votes)
Joey Votto (174 votes)
273 total votes