Johnson is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the World Series. Johnson registered just one at-bat in Game 1 before giving way to Michael Cuddyer who promptly struck out all three times he stepped to the plate. It's likely the 33-year-old will make a pinch-hit appearance at some point during the contest, but daily players shouldn't expect the veteran to register many at-bats in Game 2.
Johnson will take on DH duties for the Mets in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at Kansas City, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Johnson has fared well in his career against the Royals' Game 1 starter, Edinson Volquez, posting a .286 batting average, one double, two RBI, and three walks. The appointment by manager Terry Collins will likely only last one game, as left-handed hitters (this includes Johnson) put together a miserable .215 average against Game 2 starter Johnny Cueto this season.
Mets second baseman Kelly Johnson had one hit in six at-bats on Thursday against the Phillies, but it was a key hit. Johnson launched a game-tying, solo home run in the fifth inning, knotting the score up at 5-5. The Mets would go on to win the game 9-5 in 13 innings. The home run was Johnson's third since coming over in a trade at the end of July. He has been mired in a bit of a slump recently, as he was 6 for his last 24 coming into play on Thursday.
Playing in his first game with the Mets, Kelly Johnson went 2 for 6 with a solo home run in the 15-2 thrashing of the Dodgers on Saturday. Johnson started at second base and hit cleanup in his Mets debut, and he belted his ninth home run in the fifth inning. He also singled and scored earlier in the game as part of an impressive start with his new club. Johnson has been hitting the ball well lately, batting .324 with three home runs over his past 10 games.
The Mets and Braves have finalized a deal on Friday, CBS Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. The Braves will send infielder Juan Uribe and infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson to the Mets. In exchange, the Mets will part with minor league right-handers John Gant and Rob Whalen. The Mets have been said to be looking for offensive help, and with third baseman David Wright out for the foreseeable future, Uribe could make for a decent stopgap at the hotcorner. Uribe, who was already dealt once this season, is batting .272 with eight home runs this season. He plays a steady defense and could be moved around the diamond if Wright returns. Johnson, meanwhile, has experience in left field where the Mets also have a rather large need, though they did just recall outfield prospect Michael Conforto on Friday. Johnson is hitting .275 with nine homers on the year. Both sluggers are scheduled to be free agents this offseason. Gant is a 22-year-old originally from Savannah, Georgia. He was a 21st-round draft pick by the Mets in 2011. The youngster owns a 3.52 ERA between Class A and Double-A this season. Whalen, 21, was drafted in the 12th round of the 2012 draft. He is 4-5 with a 3.36 ERA while pitching with Class A St. Lucie this year.