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Jim Johnson | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 5 (0) / BAL
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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

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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

Jim Johnson pitched a clean ninth inning to earn a save against the Nationals on Saturday.

He was protecting a three-run lead but one would have been enough. He retired Anthony Rendon, Matt Wieters and Michael Taylor in order to end the game without any drama. The veteran closer has been smooth and efficient this year. He has a 3.00 ERA with 19 strikeouts and three walks in 18 innings of work. He has eight saves for the season and 162 for his career.
May 20 - 9:55 PM

Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Nationals on Friday for his seventh save of the season.

Johnson threw 12 pitches and induced three grounders to set down the side in order. The 33-year-old has pitched well this month and owns a 3.18 ERA and 19/3 K/BB ratio over 17 innings on the year. He’s missing more bats this season and continues to induce grounders at a strong clip.
May 20 - 12:25 AM

Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Marlins to earn his sixth save.

After giving up a run Friday, Johnson got through the ninth Saturday without incident. The veteran reliever has had a few hiccups but has been mostly solid this year for the Braves, saving six games with a 3.86 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
May 13 - 10:26 PM

Jim Johnson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Brewers for his fourth save of the season.

Johnson threw 15 pitches in the frame and struck out a pair. It was nice to see coming off a pair of shaky appearances. The veteran right-hander is 4-for-6 in save chances to go along with a 4.66 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.
Apr 29 - 12:58 AM

After entering the ninth with a four-run lead, Jim Johnson gave up two runs before finishing off the Mets on Thursday.

Johnson had a strong spring and a fine first couple of weeks, but he's given up four runs and seven hits over his last two appearances. It probably hasn't helped that today was just his second appearance in 10 days. His closing gig is safe, but it'd be nice to see him bounce back next time out.
Apr 27 - 4:31 PM

Jim Johnson earned a win with a scoreless top of the ninth inning Monday versus the Padres.

Johnson allowed a single but also recorded a strikeout in his 12-pitch frame and the Braves won it on a walkoff RBI single from Dansby Swanson in the bottom of the ninth. Johnson stands 2-0 on the season and he also has three saves.
Apr 17 - 10:33 PM

Jim Johnson tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Padres for his second save of the season.

Johnson struck out one batter in the frame and worked around a one-out single to Allen Cordoba. The 34-year-old blew his first save chance last Sunday, but he has converted each of his last two opportunities. Arodys Vizcaino looms as an alternative for the closer role, but Johnson should have a long leash after his excellent second half last year.
Apr 14 - 11:56 PM

Jim Johnson pitched a clean ninth inning to snare his first save of the season on Wednesday versus the Marlins.

Johnson is the undisputed closer in Atlanta, but it is hard to earn saves if your team can't win games. Johnson actually blew his first save chance of the season on Sunday against the Pirates. He has allowed one run with four strikeouts through four innings. The veteran has 155 career saves and will likely remain the Braves' closer until the trade deadline in late July.
Apr 12 - 11:59 PM

Jim Johnson suffered his first blown save of the season on Sunday, allowing a run on a hit and two walks in an inning of work against the Pirates.

The veteran right-hander wasn't crisp in his first save chance of the 2017 season, allowing a leadoff single and a pair of walks before Francisco Cervelli delivered the tying run with a fielder's choice. His role is secure, for now, but he'll need to avoid any major blowups in his next few outings.
Apr 9 - 5:03 PM

Jim Johnson turned in scoreless 11th and 12th innings to pick up a win against the Mets on Wednesday.

Johnson struck out three. He's coming off a strong second half and a fine spring, so his closing gig is looking pretty secure at the moment.
Apr 5 - 11:14 PM

Jim Johnson worked a scoreless inning for the fourth time in four spring appearances Friday against the Mets.

Ideally, Arodys Vizcaino will be the Braves' best reliever. Still, the closer's role will belong to Johnson for as long as he can get the job done. He had a 2.14 ERA and 18 saves after the All-Star break last year.
Mar 10 - 4:16 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Jim Johnson's two-year contract extension with the Braves is worth $10 million.

Cotillo says that deal also includes performance bonuses for games finished. Johnson, 33, made just $2.5 million this season but earned a raise after posting a 3.11 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and career-best 9.3 K/9 rate. Barring an offseason addition, he should enter 2017 as the Braves' closer.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 08:14:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Matt Adams
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Jace Peterson
3Sean Rodriguez
4Micah Johnson
SS1Dansby Swanson
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Danny Santana
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Bartolo Colon
3Jaime Garcia
4R.A. Dickey
5Michael Foltynewicz
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Jose Ramirez
4Ian Krol
5Eric O'Flaherty
6Daniel Winkler
7Chaz Roe
8Jason Motte
9Jacob Lindgren
10Armando Rivero
11Sam Freeman
12Luke Jackson
13Matt Wisler