There's a hot streak, and then there's whatever Joey Votto is experiencing right now.
Votto became the eighth player in MLB history to hit a home run in seven consecutive games, going deep against the Mets Friday night at Citi Field. His solo homer in the sixth inning was a no-doubter, traveling 423 feet to give Cincinnati a 3-1 lead.
In all, Votto has homered nine times during his streak, upping his season total from 12 to 21. Before the start of the streak, Votto was batting a respectable .266/.361/.471 on the season. He's since upped that slash line to .279/.375/.565, a remarkable hot streak that has him one game behind the all-time league record.
Three players have hit home runs in eight consecutive games: Ken Griffey Jr. (July 20-28, 1993), Don Mattingly (July 8-18, 1987) and Dale Long (May 19-28, 1956). It will be up to New York's Rich Hill to try to keep Votto in the yard on Saturday.
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