"I like it, putting pressure on defenses," Johnson said.
It's early in the month, but already in eight July contests, Washington has swiped 16 bags as a team while getting caught stealing twice (an 89 percent success rate). During their last two games, the Nationals have stolen eight bases, including two in Friday's 5-1 series-opening win at Marlins Park.
While Johnson embraces his team putting pressure on the opposing team's defense, he also pointed to how his team has done so in a smart way. Specifically, Johnson lauded rookie Bryce Harper for reaching second by stretching a single for two bases on a fielding error, and then swiping third while Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes and third baseman Hanley Ramirez had their heads down between at-bats.
Johnson just hopes his team, which hasn't stolen more than 20 bases in a month this season, keeps applying that pressure on opponents.
"No question about it," Johnson said. "We're going to be aggressive, but not overly aggressive."