B.J. Upton is like Zaxby’s: Indescribably bad. And he’s getting worse. The highest-paid Brave is batting .171 in June with a .218 OBP. Luis Gomez, the notoriously light-hitting SS from the early 80s, had a .249 OBP for the Braves. Glavine (.244) and Smoltzie (.226) had higher OBP’s than B.J. has this month.
Yet Fredi keeps hitting him second, a move that can’t be defended, especially when his brother is hitting 6th. And if you’re determined to break up the string of left-handed hitters atop the order, why use a guy batting .152 vs. southpaws? It’s stupid, and it’s hurting the team. So why does Fredi keep doing it? I’d love to hear an answer.
I’d also love an explanation for keeping Uggla on the roster. The Oafbatross has TWO hits since May 1. Two. Sure, he hasn’t played that much, which is precisely the point. He’s of no use, so why is he on the team? He’s getting paid regardless. Wren’s stubbornness makes me wonder if we’ll still be bitching about B.J. getting playing time two years from now.
I’m glad there’s optimists out there, because I ain’t one of them. This team is not very good. The sooner the GM and manager recognize it, the better.