Craig Calcaterra

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Joey Votto is two games away from a 69 year-old record

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We all know about record hitting streaks. And, in recent years, since more people have been hipped to the importance of on-base percentage, we talk more about on-base streaks, which include hits and walks. Joey Votto is taking that stuff to a whole other level, however.

Votto reached base three times in yesterday’s game against the Cubs, doubling and singling twice. That marks the 19th consecutive game in which he’s reached base at least twice. It’s the longest such streak since Barry Bonds did it in 2004 and it’s only two games shy of Ted Williams’ record set in 1948.

The Reds have been terrible this year, but Votto has been putting up MVP-level numbers, hitting .317/.447/.603 with 31 homers and 83 RBI. He leads the league in walks, intentional walks, on-base percentage and OPS, OPS+ and games played.

Not too shabby.