Paul Janish went 2-for-4 with a homer, and two runs scored in the Reds win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Janish sent the Reds ahead in the seventh with his homer into the left-field bleachers, his fourth of the season. The Reds really haven’t missed Orlando Cabrera thanks to Janish who is hitting .283 (30-for-106) with four homers, 19 RBI in 51 games.
Janish has value in NL-Only leagues is one to watch heading into 2011. Cabrera has been battling injuries this year and could be on his way out of Cincinnati at the end of the season. With consistent playing time, Janish could continue to post decent offensive numbers in 2o11.
In other fantasy news from Friday…..
- Rafael Furcal returned to the lineup for the Dodgers and went 0 for 3. Furcal looked great in his rehab appearances and if he can find the stroke that made him the 31st best player in July, he will be a valuable given how dead shortstop has been this season.
- Stephen Strasburg’s Tommy John surgery was a success. Dustin Pedroia’s foot surgery was also a success.
- David Wright has already more than doubled his home run total from last season, but he’s also already matched his strikeout total. His strikeout rate is higher this season than it ever has been and he’s walking less this year than any of the previous three seasons.
- Derek Lowe has bone chips in his elbow, but will pitch through it.
- Juan Gutierrez saved his seventh game yesterday. He has given up only one earned run in his last 9 appearances and hasn’t allowed a home run since July 21st.
- Nyjer Morgan has earned the respect of his teammates although he might not get to see them much once his appeals for a combined 15 games have been heard by the league. It’s pretty clear that despite all the negative attention this has drawn from the league office, the Nationals are not in a rush to deal Morgan in the offseason.
- If the Red Sox had claimed Manny Ramirez off waivers, Manny claims he would have returned.
- Rafael Soriano got his 41st save yesterday and now owns a 0.81 WHIP. He has been pretty lucky though as his strikeouts per 9 innings has fallen from over 12 last season to under 8 this season.