The Stat Line of the Night — 5/18/10 — Josh Johnson
There have been a lot of distractions surrounding the Marlins lately, but that hasn’t seemed to affect their ability to win. With Hanley Ramirez benched due to “lack of effort”, Florida was able to pull off the win against the Arizona Diamondbacks with some help from their starting pitcher Josh Johnson. Although All-Star Hanley’s benching was the story of the night for the fish, Johnson’s gem should not be lost in the shuffle.
Since opening day, Johnson has not lost in 8 starts, posting a 4-0 record. Last night he went 7 innings without allowing a run. He struck out 9 batters while walking only 2. He also only gave up 2 hits the whole night. The 8 runs of support he got from his team were more than enough to earn him the win. He accomplished this feat with 104 pitches, 65 of which were strikes. His ERA is now down to a tiny 2.68 and he is looking like an All-Star candidate.
The Marlins are now 21-19 and looking like they could be a contender in the NL East. The distractions with Hanley Ramirez aside, they have solid pitching and decent young hitting anchored by their “lazy” star. If they can continue to get performances like this one from Josh Johnson, they could be looking at a playoff berth for the first time since 2003. For now, Johnson earns “The Stat Line of the Night”.