Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single against the Mets on Tuesday.
Votto is 20-for-40 (.500) in the 10 games, raising his batting average to .353 on the season. Miguel Cabrera is getting the bulk of the attention nationally, but few hitters in the game are as locked in as Votto right now.
Devin Mesoraco hit his second home run of the season and drove in two runs in the Reds' win over the Mets on Tuesday.
Mesoraco drove in his first run with a bases-loaded walk in the first inning, and he put the Reds out of reach for good with a solo homer in the ninth. The catcher is hitting just .234 and hasn't produced much, and he's likely to continue to split starts with Ryan Hanigan going forward.
Jack Hannahan grounded out as a pinch-hitter in Monday's victory against the Mets.
The Minnesota native is miscast as a pinch-hitter and is no threat to Todd Frazier's job, despite the latter's struggles. Hannahan is known for his glove, not his stick, but Cincinnati likely hoped for more than a .222/.317/.278 slash line when they inked him to a two-year, $4 million contract over the offseason.
Johnny Cueto won in his return from the disabled list after allowing three runs and three hits in five innings against the Mets on Monday.
Cueto struck out eight and walked four. One of those walks preceded Marlon Byrd's three-run homer in the third. Following that home run, Cueto struck out four batters in a row. He ended up throwing 90 pitches in his return, 52 of them for strikes.
Todd Frazier went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Monday, dropping his average back down to .224.
Frazier has six homers and 27 RBI, but he's probably not going to get that average up until he cuts back on the strikeouts. He's fanned 44 times in 43 games this year, compared to 103 times in 128 games last season.