Originally Posted by WildcatFan
Keep Ryan Theriot and his -8.5 UZR far away from Cincinnati's left side of the infield. You don't need a good bat in the shortstop position, especially with the weapons the Reds have almost everywhere else on the field. Janish is a GREAT fielder, and if you judge a shortstop by his number of errors, you're severely missing the point. Janish gets to balls that Vizquel, Keppinger, and especially Theriot have no shot at, so he has great value as a late-innings replacement and spot starter. I don't understand people's fascination with losing defensive ability for a little bit of offense at the most important defensive position on the field. Plus, there's a very small chance Janish has the horrid year at the plate he did last year. It'll most likely be somewhere between his last two years. Not good, but not so bad that you can't have him on the roster.
Tell me. When Keppinger was a Red and starting at short, Did you havea any problem with his defense? I know i didn't and personally if Janish could hit .260 i would say start him but he can't and i'm not sure with the way the game is anymore if you can afford to have someone who doesn't hit .250 starting no matter how good of defense they can play.