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One of the most consistent left-handed hitters over the past five seasons in MLB has been Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.
Votto has been the force powering the Big Red Machine this season, as he has posted a .350 batting average with 14 home runs and 47 RBI.
Votto is close to the top in many statistical categories this season—he leads the majors in OPS (1.097) and doubles (34), is fourth in batting average (.350) and second in walks (60).
These numbers have helped the Reds during the first half of the season. They enter play Thursday with a 44-37 record—one game behind the NL Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates.
Votto has a .317 career batting average with one NL MVP (2010) in his trophy case. He has averaged 31 home runs and 104 RBI during his six-year career with the Reds.
The Canadian-born slugger will also be making his third All-Star appearance next week at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City.