3. Kelly Johnson
During a spell when the Mets were the worst offense in the majors, managing a team batting average around .230, general manager Sandy Alderson saw promise in super utility player Kelly Johnson, who, in hitting .275 in 62 games with the Atlanta Braves, could play practically every infield position for the Mets. Acquired from Atlanta with Juan Uribe, Johnson immediately made an impact, hitting a home run in his Met debut on July 25 against the Dodgers.[su_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtvx4aOW5vE”]
In 49 games with the Mets, the left-handed Johnson hit .250, a point below his career average. Against righties, Johnson hit .264 in 277 at-bats, although he did surprisingly manage a .273 in 33 at-bats against lefties.
Unfortunately for Johnson (albeit, in a very small sample size), the infielder only hit .172 in 29 at-bats at Kauffman Stadium, homering only once.[su_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIFYaAF0pl0″]
Regardless, in clutch situations, Johnson has the penchant for coming through in big spots. This season, Johnson hit .307 with runners in scoring position (in 88 at-bats), managing 6 homers and 38 RBI in such scenarios. Johnson even hit .278 with RISP and two outs, a relatively remarkable figure.