DENVER -- It is hard to imagine Kelly Johnson having a better start to his D-backs career.
The second baseman entered play Monday batting .322 with eight doubles, seven homers and an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.242. The seven homers, along with his .814 slugging percentage, lead the National League. He's riding a six-game hitting streak, a three-game homer streak and a 16-game streak of reaching base safely.
While he's not used to seeing his name atop the home run leaderboard, Johnson is not surprised by the run that he is on.
"I don't look at this like 'Oh my God, this is unbelievable,'" Johnson said. "I look at it like this is a very, very small grain of salt because it's so early. Everyone will tell you that it's just the way baseball is sometimes. There are crazy stretches. The thing is, though, if you have some stretches like this in July or August it's not the same. There's plenty of guys that will hit something ridiculous like .460 for two weeks and if it happens then it's just that they are on a hot streak. But because it's so early in the season and that two-week stretch is your stats, it looks different."
Johnson was signed by the D-backs when he was non-tendered by the Braves in December.