Kelly Johnson hit a tie-breaking, three-run double in the eighth inning Wednesday, helping the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-2, at Citi Field.
Johnson, who started at second base, is batting .333 during his last 37 plate appearances, while driving in eight runs in 12 games.
In 34 games since being re-acquired from the Braves earlier this season, Johnson, 34, has played all four infield positions and nine games in left field for the Mets.
He's hitting .264 as a starting position player, while batting .189 as a pinch hitter.
I did a Facebook Live video with SNY's Steve Gelbs before yesterday's game, during which he told me Johnson recently approached hitting coach Kevin Long about working to improve his swing.
"He went to the coaching staff and said, 'Daniel Murphy changed the way he played the game of baseball last year, why can't I do that, why can't I become that hitter,'" Gelbs said. "He's now watched a lot of Murphy's tape. ... And, I think for him, he's become a different hitter than we've seen at any point in time."
I know Wilmer Flores is hitting well and can play second base. But, I feel more comfortable with Johnson's fielding. Also, Johnson is clearly more comfortable playing second base.
Johnson is hitting .273 with a .326 OBP, two home runs and 12 RBI in 41 games when starting at second base this season for the Mets and Braves. As such, I'd rather Flores start at first base, with Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera on the left side, Johnson at second, and with James Loney coming off the bench or for defense at first late in games.