Fan and BJ are back together for the first time in a while. Thus, the wind. The Braves are not playing the kids’ soccer team from that King of the Hill episode.
Truth is, Fredi needs to play Uggla and BJ. The elder Upton brother needs chances to get going. It might seem ridiculously unlikely, and I’ve advocated for Terdo, but he can play both. If BJ somehow finds his swing, he’d be a huge addition down the stretch and in October. His career OPS in September and October is 44 points higher than in any other month, so there’s a chance. Not much of one.
Doesn’t hurt to play him, though, with the 13-game lead. As for Uggla, he’s had a couple stretches this season where he’s hit big home runs. And despite the heinous season….well, I was going to mention that he’s somehow maintained a nearly passable OBP. But it’s only .307, so never mind. Still, you have to give him ABs and see what happens. All things considered, his power makes Uggla a better option than Elliot Johnson, even though his Tim Kurkjian impression kicks ass.
Onward. Oh, and 680 The Fan says Walden has a sore leg and will likely be held out another game or two. Makes sense. Tonight’s lineup: Schafer, J. Upton, Freeman, C. Johnson, McCann, Uggla, BJ, Simmons, Maholm.