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Jim Johnson to be on short leash when season starts?
Jim Johnson, the Braves closer to start the 2017 season, has had a somewhat shaky spring thus far. He has appeared in 9 games and pitched 9 innings. During that time, he has allowed 11 hits and five runs (all earned) while walking three and striking out seven. Johnson pitched so well to finish the season last year that the team is rewarding him with the job without competition from Arodys Vizcaino, who is younger and more talented. Viz has had the better spring thus far and the team is opening the season in a new ballpark. They are in the latter phase of a rebuild and want it all to come together as soon as possible and feel they can contend this year. Thus, all signs point to a short leash for Johnson.
If you draft Johnson then you almost have to draft Vizcaino, especially if your league rewards Holds, because it's only a matter of time before he takes over. And I think Johnson will be on a fairly short leash.
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Braves scribe David O'Brien states it best, "Johnson had a 3.11 ERA and 19 saves in 64 appearances this season before Sunday, with 66 strikeouts and 20 walks in 63 2/3 innings. He thrived after moving from a setup role back to full-time closer in the second half of the season, following the early season trade of Jason Grilli and a later injury to rookie Arodys Vizcaino." O'Brien also notes that Johnson's veteran presence is appreciated and valued highly by the team.
Johnson is slated to start 2017 as the Braves closer and should be considered for a roster spot on fantasy teams. The Braves have built excitement around their rebuild and should be more competitive next year.
Jim Johnson notches 17th save as Braves sweep Mets
It was a dramatic finish at Citi Field Wednesday night as Ender Inciarte robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a three-run walkoff homer to cap a three-game sweep of the Mets by the Braves. In the process, Jim Johnson earned his 17th save by pitching a tension-filled ninth culminated by the Cespedes at-bat.
Johnson is an improbable hero of sorts because he started the season almost as an afterthought, a guy sure to be traded by the deadline, certainly not someone who you would suspect would be so consistently good. Kudos to fantasy owners who picked him up, most of you desperately seeking saves, while the rest of us snickered. We're no longer snickering. The veteran is enjoying a nice bounce-back year and is set to be a free-agent for 2017.
Jim Johnson notches 15th save against Phillies
Johnson produced a flawless ninth inning Sunday, striking out all three batters he faced to seal the team's sixth straight victory and notch his 15th save of the season.
It's an unlikely story but Johnson has quickly become a story as he has taken an opportunity offered by Arodys Vizcaino's injury and seized full-time closing duties for the team. And he will be the guy the rest of the way more than likely as the Braves are unlikely to put Viz in any high-leverage situations even if he returns from the DL with shoulder inflammation.
Jim Johnson notches 13th save against Giants
The Braves must be pretty happy they have not dealt Johnson to another team because he is saving crucial games for them with Arodys Vizcaino still trying to work through some issues. Johnson recorded his 13th save of the season Saturday against the Giants and did so in convincing form. He faced the minimum three batters in the ninth and is becoming very efficient with the closing duties.
The Braves are happy he is still around to nail the saves and are just letting Vizcaino ease back without any kind of timetable. This seems to be working for everybody except Vizcaino's owners.
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