2010 Reds

Where’s Paul Janish?

The Reds have a shortstop who is hitting .421/.706/1127 and plays better defense than almost any shortstop in the game…but he’s nowhere to be found! Do you know where he is?

Where’s Paul Janish?

Where's Janish?

30 thoughts on “Where’s Paul Janish?

  1. I heard he was on the equipment room pretending to rub up the baseballs with mud for when the Cardinals come to town.

  2. I don’t think “who is hitting .421/.706/1.127” is fair. You know this is the epitome of small sample size error. We’d be lucky to see Janish bat .250 for a season. Of course, I’m not sticking up for Cabrera or Dust-Buster.

  3. That is the problem, he is running at front of our pack of shortstops. Dusty will never find him there.

  4. @Jared: Good grief. My entire post was as tongue-in-cheek as it gets. His hitting stats are a FACT. Sure, it’s small sample size; am I required to note that every single damn time I quote a stat?

    Lighten up. No one is claiming Janish is the second coming of Cal Ripken. We’re just having a little fun.

  5. Agree he obviously would not bat that over the course of the season, but given the hot start and what is in front of him, doesn’t he deserve the chance to show he can hit at least that .250?


    Jared:

    I don’t think “who is hitting .421/.706/1.127″ is fair. You know this is the epitome of small sample size error. We’d be lucky to see Janish bat .250 for a season. Of course, I’m not sticking up for Cabrera or Dust-Buster.
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  6. Chad Dotson:

    @Jared: Sure, it’s small sample size; am I required to note that every single damn time I quote a stat?
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    Chad, around here, you might be required to do that. We need to go shorthand like TOS. Anytime anyone types in stats, he/she shall henceforth have to acknowledge it with a footnote: *SSS- Small sample size. People love to get caught up in saber-savy.

  7. Classic post. Did you have to pay the royalty fee for the copywritten artwork? lol

  8. Like Hanigan, Janish has made some adjustments that have benefitted him greatly–namely his strength. I agree, he deserves an opportunity to show he can hit that .250. The only way that happens is if OC stops getting clutch hits. Defensively, Cabrera makes routine plays look treacherous. The guy scares me every time it’s hit to him. I can totally see why he’s -30 runs, which might be generous.


  9. Chad Dotson:

    @Jared: Good grief. My entire post was as tongue-in-cheek as it gets. His hitting stats are a FACT. Sure, it’s small sample size; am I required to note that every single damn time I quote a stat?
    Lighten up. No one is claiming Janish is the second coming of Cal Ripken. We’re just having a little fun.
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    Wow, relax buddy. Everything other in your post other than his batting stats seems to be more or less match the consensus view of Janish on the site, so you’ll forgive me if I missed the sarcasm.

    I obviously don’t think you expect Janish to continue hitting like he has, but it looked to me like you were implying he was obviously a better batter than Cabrera.

  10. Appears as though the Reds are behind the curve in MLB as to the importance of defense. Seattle and Boston are teams that have publicly stated and acted on the importance of defense. Reds regularly play (3) sub-par players with Cabrera, Hernandez, Gomes. There is a balance of offense / defense that all teams must achieve and I’m not sure what the answer is.

  11. To add to previous post, the balance has to be that if you play sub-par defensive players, they MUST produce offensively on a consistent basis. Currently, Gomes and Hernandez have not produced (offense) to overcome their defensive liabilities.

  12. I don’t get Dusty’s thing with Hernandez. But at least Cabrera (and Gonzo before him) were good 8 years ago when Dusty apparently stopped paying attention to baseball. And at one point people [i]thought[/i] most of his other pets would end up being good. Ramon Hernandez just doesn’t fit the mold of “there’s got to be some reason Dusty would think they are good.”

  13. @Jared: based on this years ST and the very limited chances has got in the regular season he IS a better hitter than Cabrera. Cabrera’s only hitting .241 with a .273OBP……..No one has ever suggested that Janish would hit +.400 for an entire season, but with his superior defense I’d settle for Janish playing everyday and hitting .260 or so…or even .241.

  14. @Jared: “…were good 8 years ago when Dusty apparently stopped paying attention to baseball.” great line. 😆

  15. @Furniture City Red:
    Keyword “obviously.” Janish may very well turn out be a better batter this year, but he is NOT obviously a better batter than Cabrera. Anyway, Chad was apparently not serious at all so it’s all moot.

    And for the record, I think I’m a bit happier with Cabrera than most, but I’d definitely still rather see Janish out there.

  16. The thing about Janish/Cabrera is that management has already signed off on Cabrera’s bat being more important than Janish’s defense. And while Janish may be hitting better now, Cabrera is still the better hitter.

    Just like it wasn’t the prudent move to demote Bruce or cut Harang in early April, they aren’t going to abandon what they consider their key 2010 acquisition based on a handful of at-bats.

    I think the argument of who they better starter and should they have signed Cabrera still stands…but they already made the decision to sign/start Cabrera, and I don’t see them turing that around especially when he’s leading the team in RBI.

  17. If you guys got your wish and Janish got the next 200 ABs at SS and by the All-Star break he was batting .220 with 12 RBIs and 9 Runs scored, would you still advocate that he start over OC?

    That line is what seems most likely over the course of a couple of months if Janish plays regularly.

  18. SS is a place where outstanding defense can overcome a bad bat. There is a play in just about every game where I think, “If Janish was in that batter would not have reached.” If you added a hit to Janish’s total for every hit or error he erased with his glove, Janish would be the best hitter on the team.

    Furthermore, (and this is to no one specifically) anyone who says Gomes is not a solid defensive player needs to start backing it up with facts. Please stop repeating what some hack once said about Gomes because he looked at a small sample sized UZR. We’d all agree he’s not a gold glove outfielder. But he’s not bad either.

  19. @Jason1972: Considering the fact that Janish already has 5 RBIs in only 17 ABs I’ll take may chances on him having 35 RBIs in the next 200 ABs – that is, if DB can mangage to get the bases clogged up a little better for him. And I think Soft J is just out of the picture sitting somewhere on a bench!


  20. TC:

    SS is a place where outstanding defense can overcome a bad bat. There is a play in just about every game where I think, “If Janish was in that batter would not have reached.” If you added a hit to Janish’s total for every hit or error he erased with his glove, Janish would be the best hitter on the team.

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    I can respect that opinion. It’s pretty obvious that Orlando Cabrera had his knees shot off in Korea or something just like Hank Hill’s father. I do have deep concerns over taking his bat out of the lineup when our offense is always on the verge of TOS. But if overall his added offense is not making up for what we lose on defense then he is probably not worth it.

  21. @Jared: yeah, I’m not a Cabrera hater myself, He’s had some clutch hits this year. But I’d still give Janish the majority of the starts until he played himself out of the line-up…maybe his Spring Training #’s and his hot start to the season is a fluke, I don’t know. I say let him play and then we’d find out.

  22. @Jason1972: Every season guys have “break-out years”. Who’s to say that this season couldn’t be Janish’s. The point is we will never know if Dusty doesn’t play him….Dusty’s needs to play Janish, if he starts lookig like his old self at the plate (.220 hitter) then you fall back on Cabrera.

  23. I would be happy to simply see Janish play one out of five games. That one game is when Leake is on the bump. A groundballer needs a guy like Janish.

  24. @Jared: Then base his offensive potential on his career MiLB stats, which indicate he has the ability to have a .351 OBP. That coupled with his vastly superior defense fits much better in a line-up that is supposed to be about pitching and defense. If this team ever expects to have shutdown pitching, it has to have a SS of his caliber playing a bulk of the time.

  25. @Jared: At this stage of Cabrera’s career, he well may be. Any fall off certainly isn’t significant enough to justify playing someone as defensively weakened as Cabrera.

  26. @davidmp2: There’s been several games when the other starters needed Janish since opposition runs were directly due to Cabrera’s inability to get to balls that Janish would have reached.

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