- Don't Bring In the Lefty for Kelly Johnson
three years, and Joey Votto isn't far behind him. What might surprise you is the name that sits in the 34th spot out of the 150 qualified hitters: Kelly Johnson.
At a .382 wOBA against lefties since
- Alex Rodriguez Addresses His Tenants’ Concerns
What follows marks the debut post from Andrew Kelly. Of Mr. Kelly, many have said, "He's a liar." Of Mr. Kelly, we say, "No, he's not. He just has a gift for fiction."
Mr. Kelly's submission
- Kelly Johnson, Quintessential Rays Acquisition
This afternoon, it was reported that the Rays will ink Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal. It’s an interesting match, as Johnson provides the Rays with the one thing that they like -- a player who has
- Why Do Managers Bat Replacements in the Starter's Spot?
, then, play Kelly there for even one game? Gardenhire routinely hits Justin Morneau third when Joe Mauer takes a day off. Why, then, can't he put a hitter better than Matt Tolbert in the second spot
- Replacing Joe Nathan
For the past six seasons the Twins haven't had to think about the ninth inning. If they had a lead in a close game, Joe Nathan was there to ensure victory. In only 25 of 272 instances did he fail
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 21st
when Upton hit a liner into the left-center field gap. It hung up long enough for Kelly Johnson to score from first. The next inning they piled on a couple more to ensure the victory.
- Ubaldo's Most Important Start
he will face tonight, only Kelly Johnson and Adam LaRoche have hit him well in their careers, though neither has homered off him. Stephen Drew is 8 for 32 with five walks and four doubles as well
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 26th
in the middle of the infield, and then the go-ahead run scored on a Joe Mauer double. Joe Nathan didn't make the save easy, but he did strike out the final two batters of the game.
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 8th
Moving the Needle: Don Kelly airmails the throw home, allowing two runs to score, -.189 WPA. The idea was right, but the execution was as bad as it gets. With the bases loaded and one out, Craig
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 24th
, Rockies 2
Moving the Needle: Kelly Johnson extends the DBacks lead, +.125 WPA. Johnson got things started with a solo homer in the first inning, and then delivered the big hit, in terms of WPA
- The Morning After: Recaps for the Weekend of May 20th
Hudson couldn't keep the ball on the ground.
Braves 5, Angels 4. Joe Mather put on a show in this one. In the seventh he swatted a three-run homer, which put the Braves on the board
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 7th
in his first four starts.
Logan Morrison: 2 for 4, 1 2B. He drove in two insurance runs later in the game.
Twins 6, White Sox 2
Moving the Needle: Joe Mauer opens it up big time
- Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Cleveland
, Laffey at 4.54 and Huff at 4.69.
Talbot, acquired from the Rays in exchange for Kelly Shoppach this off-season, presents an interesting case because he is out of options and has pitched only 9.2
- What the Tampa Bay Rays Should Do
, and with Kelly Shoppach also in place the Rays don't need to add at the position. At pretty much any other position, however, the Rays could certainly upgrade.
Shortstop presents an odd situation
- What the Boston Red Sox Should Do
-chipper like Casey Kelly, but they could use one of their lower level players to acquire a player like DeJesus or Wood.
The Sox 2010 payroll, $168 million, is the highest in club history
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 12th, 2011
. That's quite a huge swing for a non-scoring play, though it did mean the Diamondbacks could have tied the game with an out. But Javier Lopez came back to strike out both Kelly Johnson and Gerrardo Parra
- Deadline Recap: Position Player Upgrades
of season projection, .290 wOBA, was probably greatly generous. The other guy they've had playing third, Don Kelly, hits a similar ZiPS projection. Betemit, then, will net them more than half a win
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 7th
-hander this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 HR. His leadoff homer set the tone for the game.
David Ortiz: 1 for 4, 1 HR. Apparently Joe Girardi didn't like it when he flipped his bat
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 6th
, Diamondbacks 1
Moving the Needle: Casey McGehee's homer turns the deficit into a lead, +.422 WPA. In the top of the first Kelly Johnson whaled a homer to dead center, and that single run held up through
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 26th
hitting for power (.230 ISO and .230 BA).
Kelly Johnson: 1 for 5, 1 HR. His two-run shot in the ninth provided insurance against a Rockies comeback. Unfortunately for Johnson, 2011 so far has been
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 27th
Indians 5, Diamondbacks 4
Moving the Needle: Kelly Johnson's triple ties the game, but Orlando Cabrera's homer puts the Indians back ahead, +.404 WPA each. If there's anything better than
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 12th
struck out seven in that span, including the side in order in the fourth. But in the fifth, the Rays put together a little rally. Kelly Shoppach, Dan Johnson, and Elliot Johnson all singled, loading
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 19th
they'd end up needing. It was Roberts's second homer of the game.
Kelly Johnson: 2 for 5, 1 HR. He really needed that one, as his start to 2011 is pretty much the opposite of his start
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 11th
. Down 4-3 since the sixth, they got something going when Nady doubled to start the ninth. Even with two outs they had runners on second and third, so a single would have put them ahead. But Kelly Johnson
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 25th
Arrieta: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 K. It wasn't too too impressive, but he did miss some bats and mostly hold the Royals in check.
Diamondbacks 2, Rockies 1
Moving the Needle: Kelly Johnson
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 9th
they could drive in Avila, but Don Kelly did that with a single, and then Brennan Boesch homered to cap the rally.
Justin Verlander: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 10 K. His only mistake
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 22nd
Rays 6, Brewers 3
Moving the Needle: Kelly Shoppach ties the game in the second with a two-run shot, +.179 WPA. Shoppach is not exactly known for his opposite field power
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 8th
demolished a Clayton Kershaw offering. That put them up 4-3, a lead they'd hold the rest of the way. That's his 10th career homer, which came in his 226th MLB game.
Kelly Johnson: 1 for 4
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 18th
The mauling was divided between Johnson and Upton, and so wasn't that bad. Also, yes, that is a Sean Burroughs sighting
Diamondbacks 5, Braves 4
Moving the Needle: Kelly Johnson ties the game
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 19th
one out to left-center, the only multi-run homer of the game. Kelly Shoppach got the Rays back a run in the top of the eight, but after that there were no more homers.
Ricky Romero: 7 IP
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 30th
and two RBI singles that left men in scoring position.
Kelly Johnson: 4 for 6, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR. Someone's going to hit for the cycle this year, and Johnson is just going to laugh at him
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 1st
. To file another batting order compaint, how is he hitting ninth and Don Kelly hitting leadoff? Managers do the darndest things.
Braves 4, Padres 3
Moving the Needle: Kyle Phillips
- Casey Kelly ≠ Ludwig Wittgenstein
in tautologies, mathematics shows in equations."
In response to -- and, perhaps, in spirited negation of -- Wittgenstein's declaration, American baseballing prospect Casey Kelly submits this via his
- Kelly Johnson's Redemption
Dropped from Braves at the end of 2009, Kelly Johnson found little interest in his services and ended up in Arizona on a one year contract paying him just $2.3 million. Arizona gambled that Johnson
- Kelly Johnson: Aging With Style
Fantasy owners hoped for a bounce back in 2012 after Kelly Johnson regressed in 2011 after a superb 2010 season. A second baseman with 16 HRs and 14 SBs normally would have a relatively high fantasy
- Kelly Johnson: Slugger
As part of a critical five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning of yesterday's Phillies-Diamondbacks game, Arizona second baseman Kelly Johnson slugged his NL-leading seventh home run
- Kelly Johnson: A DeRosa Alternative
dislike dealing in shadowy realm of rumor, Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson has been mentioned in multiple places as a non-tender candidate given his 2009 performance and replacement by Martin Prado
- Casey Kelly Debuts, Questions Remain
One of the main products of the last big Adrian Gonzalez trade debuted for the Padres last night. Though he didn't allow a run to the Braves in six innings, Casey Kelly's first start was -- much like
- Kelly Johnson: Why the Low AVG?
Kelly Johnson came into the season a fairly decent option at second base. In one keeper league I was in, him and Ben Zobrist were both available. I considered them to be at the same talent level
- Can Kelly Johnson Bounce Back?
There might not be a more up and down player in fantasy than Kelly Johnson. After establishing himself as a useful fantasy second baseman in 2007-2008, Johnson completely fell off that radar
- Kelly Johnson, an Elite Second Baseman?
The league leader in WAR for second basemen? Kelly Johnson. I made some pretty bold predictions in our staff-wide preseason series, one of them being that Matt Kemp will not even get to 30/30
- Twitter Predicts The Free Agent Signings: Kelly Shoppach
I think guys like Jonny Gomez/Kelly Shoppach/Kyle Farnsworth could have some value for the Stros.— Jared Webb (@webberoo11) October 30, 2012
Sorry, Twitter is pretty quiet regarding Kelly
- Will Francoeur's Approach Work for Kelly Johnson?
It was shaping up as a disappointing season for Kelly Johnson in 2008 until a strong September. After three straight months of hitting .250 or less, Johnson posted a 22-game hitting streak
- Joe Morgan And The A's
At the risk of digging up the carcass of a dead horse just to kick it again, I want to take a second and point out something Joe Morgan said about the A's in his his most recent chat on ESPN.com.
- Giant Photo of Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly Kissing
, here is an obscenely large photo of Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly locked in captive embrace and Frenching like teenage thunder ...
Seriously, click to embiggen: This thing is huge!
- Selective Joe
for a rebuilding phase; one that would not necessarily bring with it much success this year. Despite this, the Twins are no cakewalk and catcher Joe Mauer is a major reason why.
Though Joe is yet to hit his
- Jays Ship Hill to Arizona for Kelly Johnson
The Blue Jays shipped fan-favorite John McDonald and fan-hated Aaron Hill to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Kelly Johnson. Strangely, even though Hill is the only player with a possible contract
- Kelly Johnson's Trade, Kevin Towers, and Strikeouts
(perfectly understandable, as Branyan has continued to struggle this season with the Angels). Brandon Allen was hardly given a chance before being dealt for a reliever. And finally, Kelly Johnson, whose
- Q&A: Kelly Johnson, Sabermetrically Savvy FA
Kelly Johnson may or may not be a Toronto Blue Jay next season, but wherever he ends up, he promises to have a better year with the bat -- regardless of how many times he strikes out. The free-agent
- Joe West at the Olympics
Joe West. Umpire. Singer-songwriter. Golfer. President. Equipment -- "West Vest" -- designer. Actor. Cowboy. Adventurer. The Great Ejector.
Last, and probably most impressive of all
- Joe West Tossing Knowledge
NBC Universal's "The More You Know" star doesn't toss itself, you know.
Big ups: Shockingly enough, to NBC Universal. And Joe West. Always Joe West.
- Joe West Tosses SOPA
Joe West wants the Internet to be free. We stand united.
SOPA: You're outta here.
Original image credit: Salon.com.
- Joe West ... In Peril?
The latest dispatch from Joe West is perhaps the most haunting and worrisome of all ...
It may be that Joe West is merely ejecting a fiery celestial body from the firmament
- Tom Kelly in Zubaz vs. A Pitching Machine
- Joe West on the Moon
If you thought the amazing Joe West Montage meant the end of the Adventures of Joe West, you were sorely mistaken.
The Soviet Union wasn't there, on the moon, on June 20th, 1969
- Joe West in the Garden of Eden
"And therefore Joe West sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." - Genesis 3:23
- Joe West Was There in Spirit
This one comes courtesy of NotGraphs reader -- and quite possibly New York Mets relief pitcher extraordinaire -- Francisco Rodriguez.
When there's an ejection in baseball, I like to think Joe
- Joe West in a Dark Alley
Joe West will meet you -- and toss you -- any time, any place, boy.
Original image credit: Daily Dose of Imagery.