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Third Quarter Dbacks Review: Kelly Johnson

By Scott Allen

With now just under 40 games left in the regular season, we are in the home stretch, the final quarter of the 2011 season. It is time to review the current Arizona Diamondbacks roster to look at what they’ve accomplished, where they are now, and what they can provide, if anything, in the final six-plus weeks of the National League West pennant race. Next up: Kelly Johnson

What he’s accomplished: Has he really accomplished anything this season?  He is hitting .213 with 18 HR and 49 RBI

What he’s doing now: Striking out a lot.  He was moved this past week from second in the batting order to eighth.  Not sure if that was a move more because of punishment, attempt for improvement, or because other hitters are producing more often?  He’s sat out some games lately.  For an everyday played like Johnson, that is saying something about his performance.

What he means to the Dbacks run to the pennant: Still, he will surprise you with power when you least expect it.  He still provides a veteran presence.  I think his contributions down the stretch are going to rely heavily on what others are doing.  It’s not a given he will be in there every day at second base.