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Dan Uggla, B.J. Upton Belong on Atlanta Braves’ Bench

September 10th, 2013 at 7:27 PM
By Cody Fields

Tuesday night's starting lineup against the Miami Marlins didn't feature Dan Uggla or B.J. Upton, and the Atlanta Braves are definitely in the right to do so.

The facts are this: Evan Gattis is going to play, and Jordan Schafer needs to play.

The sad state is also that after going 11-for-25 over seven games from Aug. 28 – Sept. 3, Upton is 0-for-14 with eight strikeouts in his last four games. His only production has come from a sacrifice fly and a walk which led to a stolen base. That's it.

It's so bad that Upton's batting average is down to .192. His average with runners in scoring position is a miniscule .120. If there has ever been a non-clutch player, it's Upton.

And Uggla has been even worse. Since coming off the disabled list from LASIK surgery, he's hit .133 with nine walks and nine strikeouts in 12 games.

Compare that to Elliot Johnson, who, since being acquired by the Braves, has hit .256 with four RBIs and three stolen bases in 14 games. He's also added some slick defense and a Harry Caray impersonation.

Both Uggla and Upton are sitting for the second straight game Tuesday, which is where they should be. They haven't been able to make the proper adjustments this season, and they'd really be lucky to even sniff the postseason roster.

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, B.J. Upton, Baseball, Dan Uggla, Elliot Johnson, Evan Gattis, Jordan Schafer, MLB

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