Before the All-Star break, Chris Johnson showed small flashes of being more than just a garbage third basemen. When I say small flashes, I'm talking just a handful of games. But in the 47 games since the end of this mini-streak, he's gone back to being the Chris Johnson we knew in the first half: a .222 batting average, eight extra base hits, and just 10 RBI. But, hopefully, things will be changing for the 29-year-old, as Fredi says he's been working some things out:
"We felt like he wasn’t doing some stuff right (recent)," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "So he went into the cage and worked on some stuff. And I thought he had a really good at-bat against a left-hander (Saturday). He wears out left-handed pitching, so it was a great opportunity to pop him in there, and for a quick second there – I didn’t know if the ball was going to leave the ballpark, but I thought maybe off the wall."
Yikes. That's all I have to say. Yikes. Losing to the worst team in baseball while battling for a playoff spot? Getting swept by the worst team in baseball while battling for a playoff spot? There's very little words to describe the level of suck that it encompasses. Nonetheless, if you're eager to read more about the game (which I know you all are) click the link as our own Harris Nye wrote a wonderful recap.
This is it folks, this is the home stretch. Your Braves are making a last minute push towards the playoffs, and while the big question is if the Braves will even make the postseason, other questions do remain. Some questions are relevant for the rest of the season, and could come to be answered. Others may not come to fruition until the offseason is in full swing.
The Orioles are looking to clinch the American League East (that's right, my Red Sox don't exactly stand a chance). Taking down the New York Yankees is step one. It took a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth from none other than Kelly Johnson (who started the year with New York, then joined Baltimore after a short stop in Boston) to give the Birds a 3-2 win, as their magic number is trimmed to three.
If anybody is going to lead the league in wins, it's this stud. A 1.67 ERA, a 19-3 record, and a whopping 210 strikeouts. He's as close to a guarantee as you can get on the mound, and he proved that once again on Sunday night, going eight strong innings, while giving up just two runs (which is actually above the average for him). Just another day at the office.