Winker is a career .289 hitter who hit a career-best .299 in 89 games in 2018, his second season.
The Reds collected 18 hits and five runs in losses to the San Francisco Giants on Monday and Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Winker had two hits in each game. He has 16 multi-hit games.
“He continues to play with confidence,” manager David Bell said earlier this season. “He’s on everything. It’s fun to watch him in the moment like that, in the zone. There’s no situation he isn’t prepared for. He continues to get big hits.”
Winker has competition in the batting race from the same clubhouse. Nick Castellanos ranks second in the league with a .338 average (49-for-145).
Winker and Castellanos have been two bright spots for a team that fell to 19-21 with a 4-2 loss Tuesday and has not been over .500 since April 21 (9-8).
“He’s hitting the ball to all parts of the field,” Winker said Tuesday of Castellanos. “He’s hitting every kind of pitch. He’s driving the ball. I feel ever time we have a game he’s on base two or three times. It’s really cool to watch. I just try to get on in front of him.”