Jun 19, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton (2) reacts after striking out during the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Lineup...Not A Bashing, Just A Rant

Ok let me start off by saying, like in the title, my intent is to not bash the Atlanta Braves organization, players or managers…I’m just getting some steam off the chest.

Thanks…

Why the h3ll is B.J. Upton still batting 2nd in the Braves lineup??

We are now 74 games into this 2014 season and the older Upton brother continues to struggle at the plate.  As of June 22, he holds a .205/.276/.332 for 2014.  In 70 games played this season, he has only 10 multi hit games…four in April, four in May and two so far in June.  His last multi hit game was June 14th – and on that day he was on base three times!!!…he added a walk.

His speed helps the Braves as well as his defense…

Well, no.

He has 11 stolen bases and was caught twice.

Fielding, five errors in the outfield which is tied for the most in his career…and again, thru 74 games.

But back to the lineup and this need to bat him 2nd.

The Braves lineup was just announced for today’s game…and you guessed it, B.J. is batting 2nd.

1.  Tommy La Stella 2B

2.  B.J. Upton CF

3.  Freddie Freeman 1B

4.  Evan Gattis C

5.  Jason Heyward RF

6.  Justin Upton LF

7.  Chris Johnson 3B

8.  Andrelton Simmons SS

9.  Ervin Santana P

So the thought of where in the h e double hockey sticks should I place B.J. in the lineup has probably went through Fredi Gonzalez‘s thoughts.  You have to think at this point it’s more of a strategic lineup for the Braves…not wanting to have B.J. and then the pitcher, which is pretty much two straight outs.

That’s where I’m at with this…it must be strategic, right?

My lineup at this point in the season would be Heyward, La Stella, Freeman, Gattis, JUp, Johnson, Simmons, BJ (or Schafer but doubtful), pitcher

Below is what David O’Brien tweeted this morning…What do yal think?

 

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