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Yankees’ Judge, Pirates star McCutchen named MLB Players of the Month

 

Aaron Judge 2016 swinging By Arturo Pardavila on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Andrew McCutchen running in on ball in 2016 By Terry Foote at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for June, as well as AL Rookie of the Month for the third consecutive month. Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for June. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Others receiving votes for AL Player of the Month included All-Star outfielder George Springer (.333, 24 R, 9 2B, 11 HR, 21 RBI) of the Houston Astros; outfielder Ben Gamel (.393, 22 R, 10 XBH, 11 RBI) and catcher Mike Zunino (.304, 10 HR, 31 RBI, .722 SLG) of the Seattle Mariners; All-Star third baseman José Ramírez (.367, 26 R, 40 H, 13 2B) of the Cleveland Indians; outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (.353, 15 R, 14 XBH, 15 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox; outfielder Lorenzo Cain (.333, 24 R, 8 HR, 17 RBI) of the Kansas City Royals; and All-Star first baseman Justin Smoak (.333, 24 R, 9 2B, 11 HR, 21 RBI) of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Others receiving votes for NL Player of the Month included Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star and NL Rookie of the Month Cody Bellinger (22 R, 9 2B, 13 HR, 27 RBI); All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (.347, 23 R, 13 XBH, 27 RBI) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; first baseman Matt Adams (.314, 20 R, 10 HR, 25 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves; All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado (.324, 10 2B, 4 3B, 27 RBI) of the Rockies; and All-Star first baseman Joey Votto (.364, 20 R, 7 2B, 9 HR) of the Cincinnati Reds.

The Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Aaron Judge, and the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, Andrew McCutchen will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

Judge posted a slash line of .324/.481/.686 with 30 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 25 RBI and two stolen bases to claim his first career AL Player of the Month Award, as well as his third consecutive rookie honor. Aaron is the first AL player to earn three rookie honors in a single season since José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox in 2014, and the first American Leaguer to garner three consecutive Rookie of the Month Awards since Mike Trout took home rookie monthly honors in four consecutive months in 2012 (May-August). Among qualified AL leaders, the 25-year-old finished the month first in runs scored, walks (30) and on-base percentage; tied for second in home runs and triples; third in slugging percentage; and tied for fifth in RBI.

During a three-game stretch from June 10th-12th, Judge batted 9-for-12 with 10 runs scored, two doubles, four home runs and eight RBI. Included in his offensive outbreak was a 4-for-4 effort on June 11th, which included his third multi-homer game of the season. It was the most round-trippers Judge had hit over a three-game span, giving him 22 on the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, New York’s slugger became the first rookie in MLB history to be the first player to reach 20 home runs in a season. On June 28th against the Chicago White Sox, Judge connected for his Major League-leading 27th home run of the season. His 27 round-trippers before the All-Star break are already the secondmost for a rookie in franchise history, trailing only Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio’s 29 home runs in 1936. In addition, the Linden, California native became just the third player since 1933 to reach the 27-homer mark before the All-Star break, joining Mark McGwire (33) in 1987 and Abreu (29) in 2014. The 2017 AL All-Star finished the month of June pacing the AL in two of the three Triple Crown categories. Leading the junior circuit in home runs and RBI (62), Judge (.326) trailed only fellow 2017 AL All-Star Jose Altuve (.330) for the highest batting average.

Judge topped the AL with 4,488,702 votes en route to becoming the first AL rookie fan-elected starter since Hideki Matsui of the Yankees in 2003. Other Yankees rookies to receive starting roles at the Midsummer Classic include DiMaggio in 1936 and Tom Tresh in 1962. The right-handed-hitting Judge is the youngest player to lead the AL in voting since Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (24) in 1994, and is the first Yankee to pace the AL in voting since Derek Jeter in 2009. Judge also became the first Yankees outfielder to receive a fan-elected starting assignment since Curtis Granderson in 2012.

McCutchen slashed .411/.505/.689 with 22 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, six home runs, 23 RBI and one stolen base to claim his fifth career NL Player of the Month Award, last winning in August 2015. The fivetime All-Star is now the only Pirates player in franchise history to take home monthly honors on five occasions, and is the first National Leaguer to accomplish the feat since Vladimir Guerrero won his fifth Player of the Month Award in August 2003. Among qualified NL hitters, Andrew finished the period first in batting average and on-base percentage; third in slugging percentage; tied for third in hits (37); tied for fifth in runs scored; and sixth in RBI.

With his final batting average at .411 (37-for-90) for the month, McCutchen posted the fifth-highest average in team history for the month of June, dating back to at least 1913 among players with at least 90 atbats. The 2013 NL MVP finished behind just Tony Peña (.456 in 1982), Paul Waner (.453 in 1927), Clyde Barnhart (.421 in 1927) and Carson Bigbee (.415 in 1923). Over the course of his award-winning month, the Fort Meade, Florida native notched multi-hit efforts in 13 of 26 games started. During a torrid eight-game hitting streak from June 9th-17th, McCutchen, a four-time Silver Slugger Award recipient, posted a slash line of .467/.529/.933 with six runs scored, three doubles, a triple, three homers and eight RBI. Included in his hot streak was his first multi-home run game of the 2017 campaign on June 13th against the Colorado Rockies. With the pair of round-trippers, McCutchen reached the 10-home run mark for the ninth straight season. Andrew became the fourth player in team history to do so in at least nine consecutive seasons, joining Hall of Famers Willie Stargell (1963-80) and Roberto Clemente (1960-72), as well as Al Oliver (1969-77). Following his excellent month at the plate, the 11th overall selection (by Pittsburgh) in the 2005 MLB Draft raised his batting average by 60 points from .223 to .283.

 

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Indians ace Kluber, Nationals ace Scherzer selected as MLB’s Pitchers of the Month

Corey Kluber Indians (2013 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

 

Max Scherzer throwing out a runner in 2015 By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber has been voted the American League Pitcher of the Month for June, and Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer has been voted the National League Pitcher of the Month for June.

In recognition of their Pitcher of the Month Awards, Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

Kluber, who was named to the 2017 AL All-Star Team on Sunday, compiled a 4-0 record with a 1.26 ERA and 64 strikeouts over 43.0 innings pitched in six starts to earn his third career AL Pitcher of the Month Award, most recently winning last August. Among all Major League starters in June, Kluber tallied the highest number of strikeouts and inning pitched. Corey finished the period first in ERA, surrendering six earned runs, and tied for second in wins among AL hurlers. This is Cleveland’s first Pitcher of the Month Award since Kluber’s most recent honor last August.

On June 19th against the Baltimore Orioles, Kluber logged the 12th complete game and fifth complete-game shutout of his career, retiring 27 of 30 batters faced. He became one of four players in franchise history since 1913 to log a shutout while allowing fewer than three hits along with no walks and 11-or-more strikeouts, joining Stan Williams (1968), Len Barker (1981) and teammate Josh Tomlin (2014). In Corey’s final start of his award-winning month against the Texas Rangers on June 29th, the Stetson University product tossed 8.0 innings of one-run ball with 12 strikeouts, permitting just three hits and one walk. With the dominant outing, Kluber became the first pitcher in franchise history to register four consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts in the same season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 64 punchouts were the most by a Cleveland hurler in a single calendar month since Sam McDowell’s 71-strikeout month in May 1970. Moreover, the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner replicated his own record (May 2014) as the only pitcher in team history to notch at least 60 strikeouts and zero losses in a single month. In each start during his outstanding month of June, Kluber recorded at least 6.0 innings pitched, while shutting out the opposition in three of six decisions.

Kansas City Royals All-Star starting pitcher Jason Vargas (6-0, 1.98 ERA, 41.0 IP, 1 CG SHO) also posted a deserving month. Vargas became just the second Royals pitcher to go 6-0-or-better in a calendar month, joining Bret Saberhagen, who compiled a 7-0 record during his Cy Young Award-winning season in August 1989. Additionally, Vargas boasts a seven-game winning streak, dating back to May 27th, the longest among Royals hurlers since Zack Greinke notched nine straight victories from September 13, 2008-May 4, 2009 en route to winning the 2009 AL Cy Young Award. Others receiving votes for AL Pitcher of the Month included All-Star starting pitcher Chris Sale (4-1, 2.78 ERA, 35.2 IP, 45 SO) of the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jacob Faria (3-0, 2.23 ERA, 32.1 IP, 35 SO).

In five starts last month, Scherzer, who was selected a 2017 NL All-Star, registered a 3-2 record with a 0.99 ERA and an impressive 51:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 36.1 innings pitched en route to claiming his third career monthly award, last winning in June 2015. Max is the first Nationals pitcher to be awarded NL Pitcher of the Month since teammate Stephen Strasburg last July. Among qualified Major League starters, Scherzer finished his impressive month first in ERA after surrendering just four earned runs on 14 hits.

On June 11th against the Texas Rangers at Nationals Park, Scherzer tossed his fourth consecutive outing with at least 10 strikeouts, limiting the Rangers to a pair of earned runs over 7.1 innings of work. In the contest, Scherzer tallied the 2,000th strikeout of his career over a span of 1,784.0 innings pitched. According to Elias, Max became the third-fastest pitcher in MLB history to reach the milestone, trailing only Hall of Famers Pedro Martinez (1,711.1) and Randy Johnson (1,733.1). In addition, the two-time Cy Young Award winner matched Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan in reaching the 2,000-strikeout plateau in his 287th career game, the third-fewest games in MLB history behind Johnson (262) and current Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (277). In his penultimate start of the month on June 21st, Scherzer allowed an infield single in the eighth inning to break up his no-hitter bid. In his excellent outing, Max tallied 11 strikeouts while issuing just one free pass. The right-hander notched at least 10 strikeouts for his sixth consecutive start, the secondlongest streak in the Majors this season after AL All-Star Chris Sale (8), and the longest streak in Nationals history. Martinez also posted a streak of six consecutive games during his Cy Young Award-winning season in 1997 to match Scherzer for the franchise record (Nationals/Expos).

Three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and NL All-Star Kershaw (5-0, 2.23 ERA, 40.1 IP, 57 SO) also posted an impressive month of June. Clayton also registered the 2,000th strikeout of his career on June 2nd against the Milwaukee Brewers, reaching the milestone in 1,837.2 innings pitched, the fourth-fastest in MLB history behind Martinez, Johnson and Scherzer. In each start during his dominant month, Kershaw tossed at least 6.0 innings, while logging at least 10 punchouts in three of six outings. Others receiving votes for NL Pitcher of the Month included Dodgers All-Star closer and NL Reliever of the Month Kenley Jansen (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 SV, 28 SO) and Dodgers starter Alex Wood (3-0, 2.10 ERA, 25.2 IP, 27 SO); starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (4-1, 2.75 ERA, 36.0 IP, 33 SO) of the New York Mets; and starting pitcher Chase Anderson (3-1, 1.56 ERA, 34.2 IP, 33 SO) of the Brewers.

 

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Second consecutive month, Dodgers’ versatile Cody Bellinger named NL Rookie of the Month

 

Cody Bellinger tracking fly ball 2017 By Johnmaxmena2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger has been unanimously voted National League Rookie of the Month for the second consecutive month.

For the third consecutive season, the Dodgers have a rookie named to the NL All-Star team as Bellinger joins Bill Grabarkewitz (1970), Steve Sax (1982), Hall of Famer Mike Piazza (1993), and his teammates Joc Pederson (2015) and Corey Seager (2016) as Dodgers rookie position players to be selected an All-Star.

In recognition of their Rookie of the Month Awards, Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge, who was also voted AL Player of the Month, will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

Bellinger, who was named an All-Star on Sunday, posted a slash line of .286/.361/.743 with 22 runs scored, nine doubles, 13 home runs, 27 RBI, 13 walks and four stolen bases to earn his second consecutive monthly award. Cody is the first NL rookie to garner consecutive monthly awards since Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals was voted NL Rookie of the Month in both August and September of last season. This is the first time in Dodgers franchise history that a freshman player has been named Rookie of the Month twice in the same season dating back to the award’s inception in 2001. Among qualified NL rookie sluggers with at least 20 at-bats, Bellinger finished the month first in runs scored, hits (30), doubles, home runs, RBI, stolen bases and slugging percentage. In addition, his 13 home runs matched Jimmie Hall (August 1963) for the third-most homers by a rookie in a single month in MLB history.

On June 19th against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium, Bellinger went 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI. The multihomer effort was his fifth of the 2017 season and propelled him to becoming the fastest player in MLB history to reach 21 round-trippers (51 career games). Additionally, the Scottsdale, Arizona native surpassed Adrian Beltre (20 HR, 2000) to log the most home runs as a Dodger in a season at age 21-or-younger. The following night, the dynamic slugger connected for his 22nd home run of the season in a game that saw Los Angeles record a season-high-tying five homers. With the prolific output, the Dodgers had blasted 27 home runs in its previous 10 games, establishing a new franchise record for homers over any 10-game span. For Bellinger, it was his 10th home run over his last 10 games (June 10th-20th), and he became just the second player in team history to log 10 homers in 10 contests, joining Shawn Green (May 2002). In addition, Cody became the first rookie in Major League history to accomplish the feat, and was the first big league player to do so since Troy Tulowitzki (September 8-18, 2010). Cody finished his historic month with a final multi-homer game on June 25th against the Colorado Rockies, establishing a club record for the most multi-home run games (6) in a rookie season. Not even halfway through the season, Bellinger trails only Mark McGwire (7) for the most multi-homer games as a rookie in MLB history. The overall single-season mark of 11 multi-homer games is held by Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg (1938) and Sammy Sosa (1998).

 

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Blue Jays’ Osuna, Dodgers’ Jansen named AL/NL Relievers of the Month

Roberto Osuna pitching to plate in 2016 By Arturo Pardavila III, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Kenley Jansen running in 2013 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been voted American League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford for June, and Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has been voted National League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford for June.

The American League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Roberto Osuna, and the National League Reliever of the Month presented by the Hartford, Kenley Jansen, will each receive a specially designed plaque, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments. This is the inaugural season of the Reliever of the Month Awards presented by The Hartford. The Hartford, the Official Business Insurance & Employee Benefits Sponsor of MLB, has presented baseball’s annual Relievers of the Year Awards since 2015. The 2017 Relievers of the Year presented by The Hartford will again be presented during the World Series.

Osuna pitched in 12 games during June for the Blue Jays, converting each of his eight save opportunities and striking out 19 opposing batters. Roberto permitted just one walk, did not surrender a home run and finished the month allowing one earned run on four hits over 11.1 innings of work to claim his first career monthly award. On June 21st against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Osuna recorded his 19th save of the season, as well as his 18th consecutive converted save opportunity. His streak of 18 straight saves is tied for fifth-longest in franchise history, and is tied for third-longest in a single season, trailing only Tom Henke’s streak of 25 saves in 1991 and Billy Koch’s run of 21 saves in 2000. In addition, the streak is tied with NL Reliever of the Month Kenley Jansen for the longest active streak in the Majors, and the second-longest streak of the 2017 season, trailing only two-time NL Reliever of the Month Greg Holland of the Colorado Rockies (23). The Juan Jose Rios, Mexico native made more history with his 19th save of the 2017 campaign, totaling 75 saves in his three-year career, matching B.J. Ryan for fifth on Toronto’s all-time saves list behind Henke (217), Duane Ward (121), Koch (100) and Casey Janssen (90). At 22 years, 134 days, the young right-hander became the youngest pitcher in MLB history to reach the 75-save milestone. Entering play today, Osuna has not allowed a run in 8.1 consecutive innings, a streak spanning a season-high-tying nine appearances (also April 29th-May 13th). During the stretch, the Toronto closer has collected five saves to go along with an impressive 13:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

May’s AL Reliever of the Month and 2017 AL All-Star Craig Kimbrel (1.54 ERA, 8 SV, 11.2 IP, 19 SO) produced another excellent month for the Boston Red Sox. The now-six-time All-Star recorded his 20th save of the season on June 18th against the Houston Astros, becoming the only pitcher in the Majors to reach the 20-save mark in each of the last seven seasons (2011-17). Entering play today, Kimbrel paces the AL with 23 saves on the season. Others receiving votes for AL Reliever of the Month included Chris Devenski (1-0, 1.04 ERA, 17.1 IP, 19 SO) of the Houston Astros; David Hernandez (0.00 ERA, 11.0 IP, 16SO) of the Los Angeles Angels; Jose Leclerc (1-0, 3.18 ERA, 11.1 IP, 19 SO) of the Rangers; Kimbrel’s teammate Joe Kelly (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 10.1 IP); Brandon Kintzler (2.31 ERA, 8 SV, 11.2 IP) of the Minnesota Twins; and Bryan Shaw (1-1, 1.72 ERA, 15.2 IP, 14 SO) of the Cleveland Indians.

Jansen, who was selected to the NL All-Star Team on Sunday, was perfect in save opportunities, converting each of his 10 chances in 12 games over 14.0 innings pitched en route to claiming his first career Reliever of the Month Award. Jansen, who won the 2016 Trevor Hoffman NL Reliever of the Year Award presented by The Hartford, went 2-0 without allowing an earned run with 18 strikeouts, just one walk and four hits allowed. On June 11th against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium, the Willemstad, Curaçao native logged the 200th save of his career, becoming the 49th player in MLB history, and the first Dodgers reliever to reach the milestone since saves became an official statistic in 1969. Since his appearance on June 11th, the 29- year-old converted seven additional saves and is the Dodgers’ all-time leader in both saves (207) and strikeouts (685) by a reliever. Entering play today, Jansen has not surrendered a run in 15 consecutive appearances, a streak spanning 17.0 innings of work from May 23rd-June 29th. During his impressive stretch, Kenley amassed a pair of wins, 10 saves and an impressive 21:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His lone free pass of the entire 2017 season came on June 25th against the Colorado Rockies, concluding a historic streak that totaled 112 batters faced and 51 strikeouts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the previous MLB record for the most strikeouts by a pitcher before issuing his first walk of a season was set by Adam Wainwright (35) of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013. The imposing right-hander enters play today with the lowest ERA (1.79) among Major League relievers, and has helped stabilize a pitching staff that paces the Majors in team ERA (3.22).

Closer Fernando Rodney (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 SV, 14 SO) of the Arizona Diamondbacks also posted an impressive month of June. The three-time All-Star became the fourth pitcher in MLB history to face at least 28 batters in a single month without allowing a hit, joining Edwar Ramirez in June 2008, Bryan Harvey in August 1989 and Sparky Lyle in April 1970. Rodney had not surrendered an earned run in 19 consecutive games, dating back to May 1st, converting 14 of 15 save opportunities with a 0.00 ERA over 18.2 innings pitched. Others receiving votes for NL Reliever of the Month included Phil Maton (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.1 IP11 SO) of the San Diego Padres; All-Star Corey Knebel (1.23 ERA, 10 SV, 14.2 IP, 24 SO) of the Milwaukee Brewers; All-Star Pat Neshek (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.1 IP, 13 SO) of the Philadelphia Phillies; and Jarlin García (0.79 ERA, 11.1 IP, 9 SO) of the Miami Marlins.

 

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Reds’ 1B Joey Votto most recent NL Player of the Week

 

Joey Votto on field in 2014 By Blackngold29 - Own work, CC0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending July 2nd. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Joey Votto will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Starting pitcher Max Scherzer (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 13.0 IP, 18 SO) also posted a deserving week for the Washington Nationals. In Max’s second start of the week on Sunday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, the 2017 NL All-Star tossed 7.0 innings of shutout ball with 12 strikeouts. Dating back to his May 26th start, Scherzer has recorded at least 10 strikeouts in seven of eight outings, while holding the opposition scoreless in three starts. During his dominant stretch, the two-time Cy Young Award winner compiled a 6-2 record with a 0.89 ERA and 87 strikeouts over 61.0 innings pitched. Other noteworthy performances last week included Votto’s Cincinnati teammate Adam Duvall (.375, 4 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI); shortstop Orlando Arcia (.524, 11 H, 3 HR) of the Brewers; middle infielder Chris Owings (.391, 5 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and starting pitcher Michael Wacha (2-0, 0.75 ERA, 12.0 IP, 14 SO) of the Cardinals.

Votto posted a slash line of .524/.630/1.095 with six runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, six RBI, six walks and a stolen base over seven games to claim his fourth career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning on May 20, 2013. Among his NL counterparts, Joey finished the period first in first in slugging percentage; tied for first in hits (11), home runs, total bases (23) and walks; second in on-base percentage; tied for second in batting average; third in extra-base hits (6); tied for fourth in doubles; and tied for sixth in runs scored and RBI. This is Cincinnati’s first weekly award since Votto’s teammate Scooter Gennett garnered weekly honors earlier this season on June 12th, following his historic four-home run performance.

In the June 28th home tilt against the NL Central-rival Milwaukee Brewers, Votto reached base safely three times by way of the walk. In doing so, the 33-year-old tallied his 916th career free pass, surpassing Larry Walker (913) for the most walks in MLB history by a Canadian-born player. On June 29th against the Brewers at Great American Ball Park, the 2017 NL All-Star clubbed his first multi-home run game of the season, and the 13th of his career, the last coming on June 27th of last season against the Chicago Cubs. With his second round-tripper, the Toronto native reached 244 home runs for his career, matching George Foster for sixth on the club’s all-time home run list. In addition, Votto’s 23 home runs before the All-Star break establish a new career best, surpassing his previous mark of 22 homers set during his MVP Award-winning season in 2010. Entering play today, Votto has notched multi-hit efforts in each of his previous four contests, collecting a pair of doubles, as well as two home runs. Cincinnati’s left-handed-hitting slugger posted his best month of 2017 in June, slashing .364/.452/.707 with 36 hits, 20 runs scored, seven doubles, nine home runs and 15 RBI.

 

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