How do you stop Cinicinnati Reds first basemen and All-Star slugger Joey Votto from hitting into the gaps? Well, apparently you can’t.
The Chicago Cubs tried their damnedest on Monday night to thwart Votto, sending third baseman Kris Bryant out to play left-center field — along with the Cubs’ regular three outfielders. Chicago manager Joe Maddon is famous for his reliance on the shift, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen anything quite like this. Four outfielders, playing straight across, with shortstop Javier Baez patrolling closer to third.
How the Cubs played Joey Votto in his last AB… he doubled pic.twitter.com/is0Zet1L9u
— Jake Shapiro (@Shapalicious) August 15, 2017
No matter, though, because Votto is a baseball freak of nature. He took one look at that shift and promptly slapped a casual double right down the first base line.
Joey Votto is so good that he managed to hit a double against a 4-man outfield alignment pic.twitter.com/DgludSnMlL
— Jesse Foster (@Jesse__Foster) August 15, 2017
After the game, Maddon basically said the following: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Okay, this is what he really said:
“Votto right now is ungodly,” Maddon said. “Whatever you do you’re taking chances anyhow. It’s almost like Tony Gwynn when he was good.”
Votto is batting .318/.446/.600 this season, with 31 homers and 83 RBIs through 118 games. He’s pretty good at baseball.