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Johnson and Hammel impressive

Updated: June 25, 2009, 1:21 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | Special to ESPN Insider

NL's best starter meets AL best lineup

Florida starter Josh Johnson has to be the leading candidate for the National League Cy Young Award so far. The tall righty has a 7-1 record on a barely .500 ballclub and a 2.66 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. After Tommy John surgery, the right-hander features three excellent pitches, but his best might be the changeup, which was completely ineffective last year. This season, hitters have just a .154 batting average against the pitch thanks to a 61 percent ground-ball percentage. Just imagine if he had a decent defense behind him.


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