#Braves need to make this trade happen

Houston really wants Evan Gattis, so much so that they were willing to take B.J. Upton, according to Ken Rosenthal. In return the Braves would’ve received Dexter Fowler and either a pitching prospect or reserve catcher. The Astros, however, balked at adding $39 million in payroll — the difference between Upton’s remaining $46.35 million and…

Upton, Uggla = NI

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…

The Mendoza Brothers

Credit to Jayson Stark for the headline and this remarkable stat (via Baseball Reference): In the history of baseball, only three other teams have had regulars (at least 400 plate appearances) finish with batting averages below .200. 1917 Cleveland Indians: Steve O’Neill (.184) and Joe “Doc” Evans (.190) 1901 Philadelphia Phillies: Bill Hallman (.184) and Monte…

Was the Philly sweep an omen or a blip?

Hard to say, but there’s a few takeaways that should’ve been obvious before: B.J. Upton can’t be trusted. He was 0-for-Philadelphia, with 7 strikeouts — three versus Kyle Kendrick. Baffling that Schafer sat on the bench all weekend even though he was apparently healthy enough to play. Until Jay Hey returns there’s no reason not…

B.J. fun fact of the day

Thus far in July B.J. has struck out three times (9) for every time he’s been on base (3 — zero walks, 3 singles).  One of those hits was a blooper and the other should have been charged an error. B.J. has more strikeouts (25) than hits and walks combined (24) in his last 76…

B.J. Uggla

The Braves’ two highest-paid players have been their worst. By far. DOB shares these distressing stats: B.J.‘s .485 OPS ranks 188th out of 192 MLB qualifiers. (.138 BA, 13 H 94 AB, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 9 BB, 34 K, .219 OBP, .266 slugging) Uggla, with a .601 OPS, ranks 165th. (.163 BA, 14 H, 86…

Week 1 autopsy

There’s a definite buzz about this team. More than 120,000 turned out for the Cubs series — and not many of them seemed to be rooting for the Little Bears. Yes, they got a boost from the Final Four, but the crowds have been more enthusiastic than in recent years. FSS and SS are also benefiting,…

Braves vs. Phils

I’m not liking the Braves’ chances. The way the negotiating stars are aligning, B.J. Upton is moving into the vortex of a Braves-Phillies competition for a center fielder. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 15, 2012

Braves targeting B.J.

According to Bowman, they hoped to sign Justin’s older brother and Torii Hunter, who went to Detroit instead. B.J. Upton is still available and no free agent has more potential. He’s not quite as fast as Bourn, or as good defensively, but he’s above average. Offensively, he’s a mixed bag. His 28 HR in 2012…