Originally Posted by RedsManRick
The grass is always greener on the other side, I guess.
PA AVG OBP SLG Fld WAR
2010 363 .258 .306 .360 1.9 1.1
2011 300 .249 .294 .341 -5.0 0.0
663 .254 .300 .351 -3.1 1.1
2010 228 .260 .338 .385 1.2 1.1
2011 366 .214 .259 .262 4.2 -0.4
594 .231 .289 .308 5.4 0.7
Over the season's worth of playing time, they're basically the same guy production wise - Wilson has a slight edge. Valdez has been a better hitter. Janish has been a better fielder.
The idea that either guys is clearly
better (that is, much more likely to outproduce the other given the same opportunity) is just silly and seems to be to be based in a visceral reaction from having the privilege of watching Janish suck -- and not having been able to watch Valdez.
I get that people really don't want Janish on the team. The reality is that they are very similar players -- guys are quality defensive IFs who have played primarily at SS and some at 3B and 2B and who are poor hitters. Try to project them for 2012 and the bars of uncertainty around either players' performance significantly overlaps with the other guy.
It's completely possible that the Reds don't miss Horst. But let's not delude ourselves that one crappy hitting, good fielding 25th man is better than the other. It assumes way too much about our ability to differentiate between part-time players in small samples.
Valdez is better (and clearly a better hitter) and knows his job and has no problem with that being his job. For those that want to continue to hold onto this belief that Janish is actually a MLB player, carry-on for another 11 pages. I will just be happy that he is done and that Dusty won't be able to play him an excessive amount in the coming season. War means nothing to me; I will continue to go by real stats and actually watching players (as opposed to stats created by people that don't want to watch players).
11 pages! Hilarious!