|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||500.00||17.00||.236||59.00||68.00||12.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs N.Y. Yankees||6||2||0|| .333|| .333|| .333|
|vs Phelps (Career)||4||0||0||0||.333||0|
|vs RHP||90||25||8|| .347|| .578|| .278|
|05/22/2013||Kelly Johnson, LF TB||Trevor Cahill, SP ARI|
|05/22/2013||Anibal Sanchez, SP DET|
Kelly Johnson, LF TB
Austin Jackson, CF DET
Wil Myers, RF TB
|Tony Cingrani, SP CIN|
Alex Gordon, LF KC
Peter Bourjos, CF LAA
Omar Infante, 2B DET
|05/22/2013||Kelly Johnson, LF TB|
CC Sabathia, SP NYY
David Ortiz, DH BOS
|Jose Altuve, 2B HOU|
Lance Lynn, SP STL
|Last 10 Games|
|Contact rates driving Kelly Johnson's success|
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(5/20/13) Rays infielder Kelly Johnson has been making more contact this season.
One of Johnson's biggest issues the past two years was his declining contact rate. Johnson made contact on about 71 percent of pitches over that time. He's increased his rate to 79.6 percent this season.
Johnson has always shown decent power and speed numbers, even during his down years. With an increased contact rate, Johnson is hitting .274/.348/.492 in 124 at-bats. Fantasy owners should take note. As long as Johnson is making better contact, his resurgence should continue.
|Kelly Johnson with 17 RBI over 15-game span|
|by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com|
(5/18/13) Rays outfielder Kelly Johnson, with four RBI, led Tampa Bay to a 12-10 win in Baltimore Friday.
Batting seventh, Johnson went 3 for 5 with his sixth home run. He went deep off Jason Hammel for a three-run blast in the third inning. He added a RBI single in the fifth and also doubled in the game as he fell just a triple shy of the cycle.
Johnson has gone 21 for 59 (.356) over his last 15 games with 10 runs scored, four doubles, three homers and 17 RBI.
|Kelly Johnson putting in work in outfield|
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(5/16/13) Rays infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson spent a little extra time Wednesday working on improving his throws from left field to home plate, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
"I've had a couple throws to home that should have been a little better," he said. "It's just something I like to do."
|Go ahead and grab Kelly Johnson|
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(5/9/13) Rays infielder Kelly Johnson got off to a slow start, leading many Fantasy owners resigned to the fact that his solid power was simply not worth the hit to his batting average. After another multi-hit game Wednesday, Johnson is now batting .283 on the season, and looking like a much more attractive Fantasy option.
After his first 20 games, Johnson was batting just .193, and looking very much like the disappointing Fantasy option of the previous two seasons. In nine games since, Johnson has been absolutely on fire while sacrificing power for a better all-around approach at the plate. Johnson is hitting .429 with one home run and 13 RBI over that stretch.
Johnson's hot streak should cause Fantasy owners to be more aggressive in picking him up, and I think that's the right move.
Middle infielders with 20-plus home run potential do not grow on trees, and if his average is palatable, there is a lot to like about Johnson.
|Kelly Johnson belts fifth homer of the season|
|by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com|
(5/8/13) Rays second baseman Kelly Johnson picked up his second three-hit game in his last three contests Wednesday against Toronto.
Batting second, Johnson went 3 for 4 with his fifth home run of the season. He went deep in the sixth inning for a two-run shot. He added a double and scored three times.
Johnson has gone 16 for 38 (.421) over his last 10 games with two homers, two doubles and 13 RBI. He's up to 18 RBI on the year.
|Kelly Johnson endured his worst campaign since 2009 in his first full season with the Blue Jays last year. He struggled to hit for average for the second year in a row and slugged a career-low .365. While his 16 home runs, 55 RBI and 14 stolen bases were decent, his power and run production fell off for the third consecutive season. Johnson signed with the Rays in the offseason and should begin the year as the starting second baseman. The team has already said he could see time at DH and in the outfield as well, as manager Joe Maddon loves versatility in his players. The 31-year-old has the potential to be a 20-20 performer so hopefully Maddon will be able to get the best out of Johnson. Still, he has averaged more than 150 strikeouts while batting just .245 over the last three seasons, so owners should temper expectations. Target Johnson in the late rounds on Draft Day. (Updated 2/5/13)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/24/13||NYY||7:10 pm||David Phelps|
|5/25/13||NYY||4:10 pm||Vidal Nuno|
|5/26/13||NYY||1:40 pm||CC Sabathia|
|5/27/13||MIA||3:10 pm||Jose Fernandez|
|5/28/13||MIA||7:10 pm||Kevin Slowey|
|5/29/13||@ MIA||7:10 pm||Tom Koehler|
|5/30/13||@ MIA||7:10 pm||Ricky Nolasco|