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Joey Votto's batting average and home runs certainly aren't barreling anybody over, but the rest of his numbers are brilliant in 2012.
Votto has played in all of Cincinnati's 30 games and is batting .291/.439/.495 with 2 HR, 15 doubles, 18 RBI and 16 runs.
Votto is currently leading MLB in doubles and walks and is second in OBP and fifth in OPS.
Among qualifying National League first basemen, Votto ranks third in hits (36), first in doubles (16), second in RBI (24), second in runs (21), third in batting average (.319), first in OBP (.466), fourth in SLG (.593) and second in OPS (1.059).
Votto's average has been steadily climbing for the last few weeks, and he now sits above .300, where he should remain for the rest of the season.
With increased production from the top-two spots in the lineup and Phillips being fully recovered from his hamstring injury, Votto will undoubtedly drive in more runs. His power output had been suspect until last night when Votto belted three home runs, including a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning against Washington.
With Votto's power game coming along, he'll make a strong case for another MVP award this season.
Joey Votto will make his third straight NL All-Star team in 2012.