Johnson brings in success vs. Santana


CHICAGO -- At the very least, Reed Johnson went into Monday’s game against the New York Mets brimming with confidence.

Batting in the leadoff spot Monday, Johnson carried a .520 career batting average into the game against Mets left-handed starter Johan Santana, with a double, triple and home run, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

In fact, it’s the highest career batting average for an opponent against Santana with at least 25 at-bats against him. Johnson is 13-for-25 against Santana.

Johnson’s .268 batting average against lefties doesn’t exactly jump off the page, but it’s far better than the team’s .215 mark against left-handers. The Cubs are not only dead last in the National League in batting average against left-handers, they are also last in runs scored with 46.

Only two other Cubs players have more than 10 at-bats against Santana. David DeJesus is 4-for-24 against him for a .167 batting average, but he is not in the starting lineup. Alfonso Soriano is hitless against him in 13 at-bats.