The Jason Johnson experiement
OK, we are just eight innings into the Jason Johnson experiment, but I am already finding it unwatchable. It appears his problems are far deeper than the shoddy infield that played behind him in Cleveland.
The guy just has a knack for giving up hits. It is a reminder of what Derek Lowe was like at his worst. I mentioned to a couple of other people that the only thing missing from tonight’s game were the "Derek Lowe face" as Bill Simmons always calls it, and the Derek Lowe shoulder shrug.
Giving up hits is one thing, but not being able to hold runners is even more frustrating. Everyone knows Crawford is one of the fastest runners in baseball, but Johnson never even gave the slightest look toward third base when he went into his slow, plodding motion and crawford stole home easily.
Paging Kyle Snyder; paging Abe Alvarez; paging a healthy Matt Clement. Paging somebody. Call me pessimistic — actually, I’m usually quite optimistic — but I just don’t see this experiment working. Not that there was any risk for trying. Johnson was virtually free. I guess we are now finding out why he was so readily available.