When Joey Votto went down with a knee injury right after the All-Star break, most Cincinnati Reds fans and baseball analysts alike figured the Reds were in trouble. Fans hoped that their club could play just .500 baseball during that time and many started to doubt their team's playoff chances.
This was the critical turning point in the season—the one that defines a team's season. But little did anyone know that it was going to mark a positive turning point. The Reds would go from a tie for first in the NL Central to a double digit lead in games between them and their next closest opponent while forming the largest divisional lead in baseball.
Reds fans and even the Reds themselves may not have seen this turn of events coming, but the Joey Votto injury was a blessing in disguise. Let's check out why.