* Reds infielder Paul Janish pitched yesterday for the second time this season, giving up six runs in a 22-1 loss to leave him with a lovely 49.50 ERA. "That's the worst beating I can ever remember on a baseball field," manager Dusty Baker said. "We just got slaughtered."
Cincinnati has a 4.21 ERA as a team this season, which ranks seventh in the league. However, if you remove Janish's mop-up work from the mix the actual pitching staff has a 4.09 ERA and if you completely ignore both blowouts that Janish has pitched in the team ERA drops all the way to 3.87.
* Since being traded to the Cardinals two weeks ago Mark DeRosa has gone hitless in nine at-bats and spent a week on the bench with a sprained wrist before finally being placed on the disabled list this afternoon. St. Louis is back to playing Brian Barden and Joe Thurston at third base, except now Chris Perez is no longer in the bullpen.
* Last week Evan Grant of D Magazine took Rob Neyer of ESPN.com to task (and largely missed the point, at least in my view) for saying that Kevin Millwood had been lucky because his great ERA didn't match his mediocre secondary numbers. Last night Millwood coughed up nine runs to watch his ERA rise from 2.80 to 3.34, and my guess is that there's some more regression on the way.
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