Braves Finally Play Best Line-Up

B.J. Upton has been in a season long slump

B.J. Upton has been in a season long slump

We all know about the struggles that B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla, and Jason Heyward have had thus far this season.  It has created a lot of issues for this team in a multitude of ways.

The positive though is that the Braves are four and a half games up in the division going into tonight.  My question is, could they, and should they be up by more?

The Atlanta starting lineup Wednesday night had a combined batting average of .208.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that is horrendous.  Thursday night they started a lineup that had a combined average of .272.   Gattis started in left, Schafer in center, Chris Johnson at third and Ramiro Pena at second base.

B.J. Upton, Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla all rode the pines, and Juan Francisco is still waiting for his bus ticket out-of-town to arrive.  He just doesn’t know what city it is headed to, yet.

Now, I understand that guys like Schafer and Pena haven’t been everyday players, but it is getting to the point where you might want to give them a try.  How much worse can it be?

Think about it this way; is it easier to increase your average, or to have your average fall?  What I am saying is, let’s just say that Pena and Schafer don’t hit as well as everyday players, as they are now.  Do you really believe that they will go into such a slump that they will bring their averages down below the Mendoza line?

I’m not trying to make you believe that Thursday night’s lineup is going to win the Braves the World Series, but just by the numbers, it is much better than the alternatives.  Gonzalez is not wrong for playing B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla, and Jason Heyward this long, because you have to give them a chance to get out of their slump.

When is it time to call it quits with those guys, though?

I have written about the money that they are owed, so has my friend and colleague, Jim Hart.  At some point this season, a line in the sand is going to have to be drawn.  These guys either need to turn it up, and hit on a more consistent basis, or someone else should get a shot.  It sounds elementary, but at this point, either hit the ball or hit the bench.

About James Thurn

James is the host of The James Thurn Show weekdays from 9am to noon. He has been in sports media for 5 years and has followed the Braves that entire time. James was born and raised in "Braves Country" and is excited to now be writing for AtlantaBullpen.com

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