The Braves first two weeks of the season started as well as anyone could have hoped. Since that time, Atlanta is 13-17, and has had some big time struggles.
I understand that teams are going to have struggles during the year, and players aren’t always going to hit well all the time. In the Braves’ case though, it is much more than just a slump.
People have talked at great length about the struggles of Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton. We all know that there is too much money wrapped up in those two players for them to be performing the way they are. I am not here to write another article, giving you the stats about those two being bad, but I am going to try to make you think a little bit.
Uggla and Upton better be thankful that they are playing professional baseball and not basketball or football. Think about if your favorite teams’ starting quarterback, or starting point guard, played the way that these two have to start the season. They would be on the bench, no doubt about it, especially considering these guys aren’t the caliber of a Tom Brady or Chris Paul. Only in baseball, do you get the opportunity to be this bad, for this long.
Can these guys turn it around? Of course they can, but what are you really going to get? With BJ Upton we really don’t know, considering this is his first year, so we give him the benefit of the doubt. With Uggla however, we know what we are going to get. You get 20 plus home runs, with 75% of them being meaningless, a bad batting average, a ton of strikeouts, and an inability to get productive outs.
Most Braves fans I talk to are in agreement about Dan Uggla, they want him out of the lineup. But for Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, it is not that easy to just sit a guy making over $13 million. As for Upton, I think most Braves fans are cautiously optimistic that he will turn things around. The one thing I know for sure, is that baseball is the only game where these two guys would still be starting on an everyday basis.
What a funny game baseball is, it’s why we love it and hate it, all at the same time.