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"As of this morning, Votto is hitting .233/.340/.407 (95 OPS+), with an astonishing 26 strikeouts against just 13 walks. Votto hasn’t struck out more than he’s walked since 2016, and he hasn’t had a ratio anything like this since his rookie season in 2008. Votto’s 26% strikeout rate would be the highest of his career by far; he’s been up around 20% a few times in the past. His walk rate of 13% would be his lowest since 2009. A hitter defined by his command of the strike zone has badly misplaced that skill in the first month of 2019."