is Jim Johnson Topic

really this bad???
4/10/2014 1:36 AM
If you try to make him close he is.
4/10/2014 2:44 AM
I think he's lost a lot of confidence the last year or so. And if his two-seamer isn't moving, he's toast.
4/10/2014 12:42 PM
It killed me to see Oakland spend 1/9 of their payroll on this guy in the off season.
4/11/2014 8:35 AM
It's interesting how Beane used to be the "get a guy who throws really hard, he can pitch in the bullpen" guy, and lately he's been spending money on relievers.  
4/11/2014 9:21 AM
too bad he didn't spend the money on Grant Balfour instead of Johnson.
4/11/2014 2:34 PM
4/11/2014 5:04 PM
He'll be a stud if they move him into a setup role.  He can even throw 2-3 innings pretty easily.  Totally miscast as a closer.
4/12/2014 1:49 AM
4/12/2014 4:02 PM
It took 3 or 4 shots at closing until he finally stuck in the role in the first place.  He really struggled with the psychology of closing, and then for a little over a year he was lights out.  Then blew a playoff series almost singlehandedly and led baseball in blown saves last year.  Check out his ERA in 1-run games last season.  I calculated it in August and he had an ERA in the 1s in games with a 2+ run lead, but 6s or 7s with a 1-run lead.  Just couldn't handle the pressure again.
4/12/2014 8:34 PM
Honestly, I think Oakland should stretch him out and try him as a starter. He has three solid pitches, including that sinker for ground balls - I think he could still be a solid, 3.50 ERA starter with a low HR total.
4/13/2014 12:07 AM
I thought they WOULD try to do that, but I don't know how it would go.  He wasn't even successful starting in the minors.
4/13/2014 12:43 AM
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