Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Dusty Baker is starting Paul Janish at SS again, making it two games in a row for the first time in awhile. I'm surprised Janish is getting the start tonight against lefty Randy Wolf. Dusty's been sitting Janish against lefties lately. Janish has struggled against southpaws this year (weirdly, since he's usually much better against lefthanded pitchers) while Edgar Renteria has been very good. But Janish has good numbers against Wolf, so perhaps that's the reason.
And Janish has been playing well lately. Last night, he worked a walk in a nice at-bat. He went first to third on a Drew Stubbs single - read the ball off the bat well, with good situational awareness. For a guy who's not especially speedy, he really is a good baserunner. He ended up scoring from third on a wild pitch - a run that turned out to be the one that sent the game to extras. (The Reds were eventually victorious.)
That was the fifth game in a row Janish has reached base. Two RBIs and a run scored over his last three games.
He's also looked better on defense to me. More relaxed. No errors lately (knock on wood).
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