Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez puts another interesting line-up out there tonight against the Diamondbacks. Most notable is that the .153 hitting B.J. Upton will bat second and the .307 hitting Chris Johnson will bat eighth.
This will be the fifth time this season that B.J. Upton has batted second.
At first glance it looks a little ridiculous, but as I pointed out in today’s earlier article, Johnson has not gotten a hit in the last six games he has played, an 0 for 17 streak. B.J. has at least gotten a few hits lately. (Yeah I know not a lot, but it is all relative with this struggling team)
Fredi is doing everything he can to kick-start B.J.j’s bat, and placing him between Simmons and brother Justin gives B.J. the best chance to see good pitches, particularly fastballs.
Good to see Gattis back in the line-up. He is second in the team in RBI with 20, only one behind Justin Upton and he has done it in 22 fewer at bats. Gattis just seems to be a guy that makes things happen and I cringe when he’s not in the starting line-up.
Gattis is only hitting .222 against right-handed pitching, but that is a Hall of Fame number compared to what B.J. has put up vs righties (.134).
The Upton/Uggla bashers do get a bone with Uggla batting seventh tonight, rather than fifth or sixth. On the season Uggla has batted in the 5-hole 13 times, the 6-hole 13 times and the 7-hole only 6 times.
Here’s tonight’s line-up:
1. SS Simmons
2. CF B. Upton
3. RF J. Upton
4. 1b F. Freeman
5. LF E. Gattis
6. C B. McCann
7. 2B D. Uggla
8. 3B C. Johnson
9. P M. Minor