Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto enters Week 11 of the fantasy season with 14 runs batted in. Fourteen! Not over the past week or so, not for the past month, but in 10 weeks of the season and 58 games. As you might have guessed, this does not please me, mainly because I foolishly spent big auction money on Votto in one experts league that, I have calculated, could have obviously been better spent. If it were New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, for example, my lead would be so big I might be closer to a title than either the St. Louis Blues or Boston Bruins.
Alas, Votto entered the weekend in Philadelphia with 11 RBIs, or the same total that new Phillies outfielder Jay Bruce managed to supply in his very first week with the club. Votto homered to left center field on Friday night -- a wall-scraper but a home run nevertheless -- then he singled in a pair of runs late in Sunday's comeback win. I saw Votto's plate appearances. He barely