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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.

Padres trade Brad Hand, Adam Cimber to the Indians for Francisco Mejia

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres have traded closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber to the Cleveland Indians. In return the Padres are getting top catching prospect Francisco Mejia.

Hand, the Padres’ All-Star closer, has a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio and 24 saves over over 44.1 innings of work this season. In addition to helping an Indians bullpen which has struggled mightily this season, Hand will provide an insurance policy for the next two seasons given that both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen are due to hit free agency this winter. Hand, meanwhile, is under contract for this year and next for a total of $13.5 million, with a $10 million club option for 2021.

Cimber is another fine reliever who, along with Hand, suddenly transforms the Indians’ bullpen. He’s a 27-year-old rookie, but he’s been a very useful one this year, posting a 3.17 ERA in 42 games, with a K/BB ratio of 51/10 in 48.1 innings. He’s pitched even better than that of late and has been particularly hard on righties. He’s under team control through 2023.

In Mejia, the Padres are getting the Indians’ top hitting prospect. A catcher — though not necessarily a great defensive one — Mejia has struggled in brief stints in the big leagues thus far but is a .291/.344/.438 hitter in six minor league seasons and, at times, has shown star potential. He turns 23 in October.

A nice piece for the Padres in the long term and an immediate upgrade to the Indians’ bullpen in the short term. In short: a baseball trade.