Joey Votto has yet to hit an infield pop-up this season

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Reds first baseman Joey Votto has a .320 batting average, a .423 on-base percentage that ranks second in the majors, a .590 slugging percentage, 33 home runs and 101 RBI this season over 490 at-bats. 

Still not convinced that Votto is one of the top hitters in all of baseball?  Try this:

According to Rob Neyer of ESPN.com, the Cincinnati slugger has yet to hit an infield pop-up this season.  Seriously.

FanGraphs, an excellent resource for stats both advanced and old-fashioned, has Votto at a 0.0% IFFB (infield fly ball) rate this season over 581 plate appearances.  The great Albert Pujols has a 13.5% IFFB this year.  American League MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera has a 7.5% IFFB.  Josh Hamilton has a 3.3% IFFB.

Votto hit walkoff home run in the 10th inning of Saturday’s 5-4 victory over the Pirates.  His Reds currently own a seven-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central and appear to be locked in for their first postseason appearance since 1995.  Votto and his smooth swing might just nab the NL MVP.

h/t Baseball Think Factory

Report: Braves nearing deal with Peter Moylan

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The Braves are close to an agreement with free agent reliever Peter Moylan, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman writes. Terms of the deal are not yet known, though anything greater than a one-year contract would be surprising.

This figures to be Moylan’s third run with the Braves. The 39-year-old right-hander completed a two-year gig with the Royals in 2017, during which he put up a 3.49 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.0 SO/9 in a league-leading 79 appearances and 59 1/3 innings. While he hasn’t looked dominant at any point in his career, he showed promise after recovering from back surgery and two Tommy John surgeries and could provide some veteran support to a bullpen that ranked 27th among its major league peers last year.

The Braves have been linked to Moylan since November, but they’re not the only ones still in play for his services. Bowman adds that the Royals have continued to show interest in the veteran righty, though they don’t appear close to arranging a deal.