Reds first baseman Joey Votto drew a walk in the first inning and walked again in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Cubs. That marked the 20th consecutive game in which he has reached base twice, leaving him one shy of the modern era record Ted Williams set in 1948. The last hitter to reach base twice in 20 consecutive games was Barry Bonds in 2004.
In the 19 previous games, Votto was batting .450/.612/.767 with 23 walks, four doubles, five home runs, 14 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 85 plate appearances. On the season, Votto entered the night batting .317/.447/.603 with 31 home runs, 83 RBI, and 82 runs scored in 519 PA.
Votto has certainly put up MVP-esque numbers, but he has a lot of competition in the National League in Paul Goldschmidt, Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Giancarlo Stanton, among others.