Reds first-baseman Joey Votto has encountered some bad luck against the Brewers. Perhaps the most memorable came when Carlos Gomez robbed him of what would have been a game-winning home run. Who knows what the former MVP might do if a Brewers pitcher threw a pitch near his head.
Maybe Votto would picture Gomez on the mound and charge that Milwaukee starter.
Votto might be a good base-runner, but he is not that fast. Everyone would see him coming. And, Votto is probably a better hitter of baseballs than human beings.
Votto could be relatively contained. But, Brewers players might not see Reds speedster Billy Hamilton coming. Statcast calculates Hamilton is the fastest player in Major League Baseball with a score of 30.1 ft/sec.
The Brewers might see Votto coming and have an early numbers advantage in a brawl because of having defenders already on the field, but what happens when the benches clear?
Hamilton would be zipping around popping Brewers players like a baseball brawl version of DC Comics Flash.
In this case, the Brewers might have to turn to Shaw. Why? Because he’s the Mayor of Ding Dong City!
Shaw might not be able to catch Hamilton, but he could call up someone from the minor leagues like a Mayor calls in the police force. Statcast says Keon Broxton is the eighth fastest player in baseball.
Hamilton, thinking his only competition was Hernan Perez and Jonathan Villar, probably will not be running full speed. Broxton would catch up to and neutralize Hamilton while the rest of the Brewers take care of business in a brawl against the Cincinnati Reds.
The Brewers players ultimate positive visualization of a brawl versus the Reds allows time to move on to visualizing another brawl against an NL Central rival.
The Pirates are off to a terrific start to the 2018 season. They might not be looking for a brawl. But their catcher Francisco Cervelli looks like he has a little crazy-eye.