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Jim Johnson | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 5 (0) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Jim Johnson struck out one batter without allowing a hit to snare a save as his team won 8-5 over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
He retired the side in order to protect a three-run lead and nail down the save without any drama. Johnson now owns 21 saves and a 4.02 ERA on the season. He has 50 strikeouts and 13 walks in 40 1/3 innings and has allowed just two home runs. He has managed to blow seven saves anyway. Jul 16 - 12:24 AM

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Jim Johnson converted his 20th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Johnson struck out one batter and made it through the frame on 12 pitches. It was nice to see after he blew two out of his previous three save opportunities. The 34-year-old has made things interesting this year with a 4.12 ERA in 39 appearances, but he’s missing more bats than ever before.
Jul 15 - 12:49 AM

Jim Johnson allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Nationals on Friday for his seventh blown save of the season.

Ugly. Johnson gave up four hits and a walk in the frame. He allowed the first four batters to reach against him in the frame before recording his first out. Matt Wieters tied things up with a sacrifice fly and Wilmer Difo moved the go-ahead run to third base with a single before Johnson was finally pulled from the game. Sam Freeman managed to escape with no further damage, but the Nationals went on to win the game in the 10th. Johnson’s ERA now sits at 4.23 on the year and it’s fair to wonder how long the leash is at this point. It might be an easier decision if Arodys Vizcaino was healthy right now.
Jul 7 - 10:57 PM

Jim Johnson struck out two batters without allowing any hits or runs in the ninth inning to lock down a save versus the Athletics on Saturday.

Johnson has had a few stumbles this year (five blown saves and a loss) but gets the job done on a regular basis. He has 18 saves, five wins and a 3.63 ERA on the season. He has accumulated 44 strikeouts against just nine walks in 35 2/3 innings.
Jul 1 - 8:53 PM

Jim Johnson worked around a single and walk allowed in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday in San Diego for his 16th save of the season.

Johnson needed 22 pitches to make it through the frame, but he was able to strike out the side to get out of trouble. He has struck out five batters over his past two scoreless innings after a rough patch against the Giants last week. It appears he has ironed things out and is back on track.
Jun 28 - 1:56 AM

Jim Johnson struck out two batters in the ninth inning while earning a save against the Brewers on Saturday.

He allowed a single to Jesus Aguilar with two outs but was able to punch out rookie Lewis Brinson to sew up the save. Johnson has endured a couple of bad outings recently but didn't have much trouble this afternoon. He has 15 saves and a 3.86 ERA on the season.
Jun 24 - 8:52 PM

Jim Johnson blew a save by serving up a game-tying home run in the ninth inning on Wednesday versus the Giants.

Hunter Pence blasted a solo shot to center field with one out. The Braves ended up winning in extra innings but Johnson was charged with his fifth blown save nonetheless. He has successfully converted 13 save chances. His job as the closer is likely still safe. He has a 3.52 ERA with 34 strikeouts and seven walks in 30 2/3 innings. It was only the second longball he has allowed this year.
Jun 22 - 2:07 AM

Jim Johnson earned a win Sunday with a scoreless top of the ninth inning against the Marlins.

Johnson issued a two-out walk to Dee Gordon, but he induced an inning-ending pop-out from Giancarlo Stanton and the Braves won the game on Brandon Phillips' walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Johnson has a 3.34 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 33/7 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 frames this season. He's now 5-1 with 13 saves.
Jun 18 - 4:41 PM

Jim Johnson managed to wiggle his way out of the ninth inning on Monday, protecting a two-run lead against the Nationals to earn his 13th save of the season.

The veteran right-hander made things interesting, allowing a leadoff double to Michael Taylor, and a two-out RBI single to Trea Turner, but was able to escape by the skin of his teeth, getting Bryce Harper to fly out to end the ballgame. Johnson now sports a 3.58 ERA and 1.01 WHIP on the season.
Jun 12 - 11:01 PM

Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Phillies to earn his 12th save of the season.

Johnson did what he does, getting a pair of ground ball outs along with a fly out to finish of the Philadelphia bunch. He's now got 12 saves in 16 chances this year. The 33-year-old has a couple of blemishes on his log in recent weeks, but he still owns a respectable 3.51 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 27/5 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings overall.
Jun 9 - 12:51 AM

Jim Johnson pitched two scoreless innings and was credited with a win against the Reds on Saturday.

One day after blowing a save against the Reds he was asked to pitch the 11th and 12th innings against the same club. He gave up a hit and a walk in the 11th but was able to get out of trouble without letting in a run. After the Braves scored a run in the top of the 12th he closed out the Reds in order in the bottom half of the frame to lock down his third win of the season. He has a 3.65 ERA with 11 saves and 27 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. He has blown four saves but his grip on the closer role is secure at least until the trade deadline approaches.
Jun 3 - 11:14 PM

Jim Johnson gave up two runs in a blown save Friday against the Reds.

Johnson was asked to hold a 2-0 lead, but he gave up back-to-back doubles to Adam Duvall and Eugenio Suarez to bring the Reds within one run. He bounced back to retire the next two batters before uncorking a wild pitch which allowed Suarez to score the tying run. Johnson escaped the frame with no further damage, but the Reds went on to win in the 10th inning. The veteran closer is now 11-for-15 in save chances this season to go along with a 3.97 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings.
Jun 2 - 10:40 PM

Jim Johnson struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning in Friday's win in San Francisco.

Johnson secured his 10th save of the season, rebounding from a blown save in his last appearance on Tuesday. He has allowed just three earned runs over his past 12 innings dating back to April 27. Despite an ugly 3.48 ERA for a closer he is a valuable fantasy option. When Atlanta wins they are generally going to be close games needing Johnson to finish it off.
May 27 - 2:10 AM

Jim Johnson allowed two runs to pick up his third blown save of the season on Tuesday against the Pirates.

Johnson was tasked with protecting a one-run lead but coughed it up by giving up three singles and a walk in the top of the ninth inning, which was punctuated by a Jordy Mercer two-RBI single. He was then pulled, and the Braves bailed him out by coming back in the bottom of the frame. Johnson holds an unsightly 3.66 ERA on the season, but it's come along with a nice 20/4 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings.
May 24 - 2:03 AM

Jim Johnson earned his ninth save of the season Monday in the Braves' 5-2 defeat of the Pirates.

Johnson plunked Adam Frazier with two outs, but he induced a groundout from Josh Harrison to close out the victory for Atlanta. The veteran right-hander holds a sharp 2.84 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 19/3 K/BB ratio in 19 innings this season for the Braves.
May 22 - 11:13 PM

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2Kurt Suzuki
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Sean Rodriguez
3Micah Johnson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Johan Camargo
3B1Freddie Freeman
2Adonis Garcia
LF1Matt Kemp
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Danny Santana
RF1Nick Markakis
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S1Julio Teheran
2Michael Foltynewicz
3R.A. Dickey
4Sean Newcomb
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R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Jose Ramirez
4Ian Krol
5Rex Brothers
6Daniel Winkler
7Jason Motte
8Akeel Morris
9Jacob Lindgren
10Armando Rivero
11Sam Freeman
12Luke Jackson
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