This article is part of our Oak's Corner series.
The Week That Was
Joey Votto is one of the best hitters in baseball, but it's tough to watch him struggle right now. The knee contusion he suffered when he was hit by a pitch on August 4 seems to be affecting him, as anyone can see from watching him try to run the bases. Votto has been a big disappointment, considering he was drafted in the second round of fantasy drafts. Even though he is still hitting .284, the nine homers just kill all of his value. After averaging 31 homers over the past three seasons, including 36 in 2017, Votto was a popular pick for his high batting average floor plus the power in a great park. His strikeout rate has jumped a bit to 15.9 percent from the absurd 11.7 percent rate of 2017, but it's still really good, as is his walk rate of 17.9 percent, which is good for second in baseball behind Mike Trout.
Surprisingly, despite the drop in power, Votto's batted ball numbers actually look as solid as always. Votto's hard hit rate is actually up to 39.8 percent, and his line drive rate is at a career high 32.5 percent. The spots where you can see how the homers have suffered is in his big drop in fly ball rate from 2017 to 30.7 percent, but especially in his HR/FB rate, which sits at a career low 8.9 percent after sitting just over 20 percent the past three seasons. His crazy