The bloom is fading for the Whiff Kids, who have combined this spring for twice as many strikeouts as hits.
Upton entered Saturday 4-for-20 with 8 strikeouts and just one walk. Uggla is 4-for-17 with 7 strikeouts and has one hit in his last 16 plate appearances.
Hitting instructor Greg Walker offered tepid votes of confidence.
On B.J.: “He does some different things in the game than he doesn’t do in BP,” Walker said. “He knows what he’s trying to do, and in the games we’re getting about a third of them that are really good, and then about two-thirds of them he’s spinning. He seems to be getting better and better. We’re trying to get his bad-posture spin out of it.”
On Uggla: “When he came into camp everything was great,” Walker said. “Then he lost it for two or three days.”