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    l than anyone expected Matt Szczur Jersey , but they're headed back to the postseason.The Dodgers clinched their sixth straight MLB playoff berth Saturday with a 10-6 win over the San Francisco Giants. Alex Wood was credited with the win after pitching 1.1 of scoreless relief. A four-run ninth inning helped propel Los Angeles to victory. Manny Machado went 2-of-5 and gave the Dodgers a 6-5 lead with an RBI triple in the eighth.Los Angeles Dodgers DodgersThe boys in blue are heading back! #CLINCHED 9AshHnnBE3A year removed from reaching Game 7 of the World Series, the Dodgers spent most of 2018 battling to make it to October. They entered September one game out of the NL West lead and 2.5 games behind for the second wild-card slot.The Colorado Rockies led the West as late as Sept. 16. But a three-game sweep of Bud Black's team in a late-season series shifted the tide in the Dodgers' favor. Colorado has since climbed back into first place and holds a 0.5-game lead.Had the Dodgers missed the playoffs, this whole season could have been a miscalculation. The team went all-in on winning a ring in 2018, giving up elite prospects to land Machado from the Baltimore Orioles and adding David Freese from the Pittsburgh Pirates.Health has been a major issue throughout the season, with every regular starting pitcher missing time because of injury. No Dodgers pitcher has thrown more than 161.1 innings.The bats have also been shakier than expected. The Dodgers rank in the bottom half of baseball in batting average, though their on-base numbers are much better.Despite injuries and occasional hitting droughts, the Dodgers still rank second in ERA and sixth in runs scored. Their plus-176 run differential is by far the best in the National League. So while the road to get there was a little uneven, the Dodgers should be considered favorites for another World Series berth once the postseason gets underway. What to expect from the franchise’s greatest hitter this season"Fast FactsFirst baseman35 years old2010 MVP, seven-time NL OBP leader, five-time NL walks leader http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey , two-time NL OPS leader.Could probably dunk, but just doesn’t feel like it right now.Better at baseball than you or any of your friends.Organizational historyDrafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round (44th overall) out of Richview Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Canada in 2002.Made his MLB debut Sept. 4, 2007.Signed largest contract in Reds history when he agreed to a 10-year, $225 million extension in 2012.Career statsScouting reportSource: FanGraphsKen Gif-y Jr.ProjectionsOutlookIf this blog was about who Joey Votto has been, I would tell you he has established himself as the greatest hitter in Cincinnati Reds history, with a career OBP of .427 that is the highest of any active player and second only to Barry Bonds among all players who debuted after World War II. If this blog was about Joey Votto’s long-term future, I would talk about his future Hall of Fame induction, his jersey retirement, and the many articles that will be written about how we Trevor Hoffman Jersey , as a national collective, did not appreciate him enough while he played.But this blog is about neither of those things. Instead, it is simply about what we can expect from Votto in 2019, and for the first time in his career, that seems to be a little up in the air. It isn’t that there’s a question of whether he will be productive, it’s just that we don’t know exactly how productive he will be.Last season was, in many ways, a typical Votto season. He led the league in on-base percentage, and he walked more often than he struck out. The difference, as many of us are well aware of by now Evan Longoria Jersey , is that Votto’s power numbers experienced a sharp drop in 2018. Over the course of one season, Votto lost 159 points in slugging, and 123 points in isolated power. His Statcast data suggests the difference in his batted ball profile wasn’t quite that extreme, but his xSLG still went from a career-high .554 in 2017 to .472 in 2018. Interestingly, Votto’s hard hit percentage reached a career-high 41 percent last season, according to Fangraphs. But overall, he just wasn’t the same hitter he’d been for most of his career.The question for 2019 and beyond, then, is will Votto recoup that power stroke he lost last year, and what does it mean for him if he doesn’t? I’m in the camp that believes he will regain his power this season Andrew McCutchen Jersey , and many of the projections above seem to agree. But if last season was a glimpse at a new Votto that we must get used to, that still isn’t the worst thing in the world. He still finished the season ninth in the majors in xwOBA, according to Statcast, just ahead of guys like Bryce Harper, Matt Carpenter and Freddie Freeman. He can be one of the league’s elite hitters even with Jose Peraza-like slugging figures. And if the Reds somehow live up to their wildest sleeper predictions and make the playoffs in 2019, he’ll be easier to cheer for than any other player in the postseason.

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