History suggests that Josh Johnson, named on Tuesday as the NL Pitcher of the Month for April, will be successful in May, too.
Johnson, whose next start is Thursday, was 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA in six starts last May. In 18 career May starts, he's 8-3 with a 2.03 ERA, his lowest career ERA for any month.
Johnson took April honors after going 3-0 with a 0.88 ERA last month. He was in line for wins in each of his last two starts before the bullpen blew leads.
"I've been most impressed with the way he's been handling the games he was supposed to win," manager Edwin Rodriguez said.
Johnson's 18 hits allowed (in 41 innings) are the fewest allowed by a pitcher before May 1 in the modern era. A big reason for his success is an improved curveball.
"It's always an awesome feeling to get recognized for what you've done," he said. "But it doesn't stop there. Keep pushing, keep working hard."
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