Uggla dropped to seventh in Braves order

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez dropped struggling second baseman Dan Uggla to the seventh spot Friday night against the Phillies, the lowest he’s hit in the order all season.

Uggla hit in the No. 7 hole three times last season, June 1, July 5 and 6. While hitting seventh July 5 of last year, Uggla started his 33-game hitting streak that changed the whole complexion of his season. The streak was the longest in the majors since Chase Utley’s 35–gamer in 2006 and helped Uggla rebound from an abysmal start as a Brave.

Not that Gonzalez is using this move as any kind of motivation, necessarily. The way he explained it Friday afternoon, it had more to do with making sure the Braves’ hottest hitters were higher in the order, simple as that.

Gonzalez said when he reinserted Chipper Jones back in the No. 4 spot he slid everybody else back down.

“The other guys are swinging the bat pretty good,” said Gonzalez, who mentioned Michael Bourn, Martin Prado, and Chipper Jones, as well as Brian McCann, who’s shown signs of coming around lately. “If you want to try to keep the line moving you put the guys who are swinging it pretty good….There’s really not many places you can put him without disrupting some of the other stuff that’s going good.”

Uggla went 2-for-29 on the Braves recent 10-game homestand to lower his season batting average to .225. He was 9-for-85 (.106) in his past 26 games entering Friday night.

Uggla had hit fourth 50 times, fifth 26 times and sixth five times.

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Unpopular Opinion

July 6th, 2012
6:09 pm

What’s the big deal? Somebody has to bat 7th. At least he isn’t benched.

tommy hawk

July 6th, 2012
6:10 pm

Needs to be dropped to the bench for awhile. Bat doesn’t move off his shoulder lately. Walks and k’s all he’s done during the past month

welikebaseball2

July 6th, 2012
6:12 pm

Uggla: The walking microcosm of the Braves’ offensive schizophrenia…

Whiskey River

July 6th, 2012
6:14 pm

Reverse him and Hudson.

Buzz 2011

July 6th, 2012
6:25 pm

Uggla needs to be dropped to Rome. Maybe he can hit and field at that level..

Harris

July 6th, 2012
6:30 pm

hes starting to hit the ball harder which is a good sign though his bat is starting to show some signs of life this past week

Dirty Dawg

July 6th, 2012
6:39 pm

I’m sorry but Danny seems the least likey to try something different in order to achieve a different result. I mean he hasn’t appeared to even be trying to alter his swing at all…to try to take it up the middle, let alone to go to right. My bet is that he doesn’t ask for help from the hitting coaches and will just keep flailing away – you know, swinging hard in case you start hitting something. Whatever he needs to do he better get to it sooner rather than later.

gotigers72

July 6th, 2012
6:39 pm

He needs to be out of the batting order altogether. Not hitting, p**s poor on defense. Another example of a poor move by Wren. One of many. The Braves indeed needed a right handed power bat, but this guy? Liberty Media and their cheapskate ways are at fault also, but Uggla? Pathetic.

Keep trotting him out there

July 6th, 2012
6:41 pm

Need to keep in the lineup for his glove…………..hahahahaha

Uggla needs a day off

July 6th, 2012
6:44 pm

How about keeping the line moving and move Uggla out the door, if someone will have him and his salary. One of the worst moves of the Wren era and there have been several.

Look at the guys who have excelled since leaving the Braves: Salty, Blanco, Schafer, Sutton for the Pirates; Hoover; Resop; Melke; Harrison; Francoeur; Infante; Escobar; Andrus; Feliz; and I am sure, I left out quite a few. Gorkys Hernandez is now up for the Pirates.

Rick

July 6th, 2012
7:12 pm

Uggla needs a day off, quite a few of those guys have not exactly “excelled.” Schafer, Francoeur, and Escobar are three right off the top of my head that I know have not. And I sincerely doubt you or anyone else was in favor of the Braves keeping Mekly after his season with the Braves. No one expected this type of performance from him.

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mike

July 6th, 2012
7:50 pm

you send pitchers down to regain their mojo so why not pathetic second basemen? surely the Braves have someone at AAA who is able to step in and provide some much needed productivity from this spot in the order.

YELLOW BRITCHES

July 6th, 2012
8:35 pm

My problem with Uggla is not that he is streaky. I guess Wren and others knew that about him going in. What does drive me crazy is the lack of productive outs when he goes through these slumps. He doesn’t move guys up or in when he hits the skids. He swings with no apparent goal or purpose. He just swings hard. When it works, well great but more times than not he just whiffs or sends a moon shot that we can all admire until it settles gently into the mitt of the center fielder. He has become a huge hole in the middle of the Braves already anemic batting order. Ugh–la.

tjhook

July 6th, 2012
9:15 pm

way to change the lineup, Fredi. It made a difference in tonight’s game. Two out execution = five runs.

Logan

July 6th, 2012
9:29 pm

Britches I think your analogy is on the money. Trying to do something with certain pitches other than launch them into orbit would better serve the team offensively. Now if our manager could communicate with his players.

alanfalcon

July 6th, 2012
9:59 pm

Dan needs to benched, never thought I would say that. If I can tell that he has no clue in the batter’s box what does that say for Freddie G., also I never thought that I would suggest that Wilson should play 2nd in his place but he can’t be any worse-Dan just stinks !!!!!!!!!!!!!111111

Dan Uggla

July 6th, 2012
10:28 pm

How dare you fans question my ability. After all, I am a NL all star.

stew

July 6th, 2012
10:48 pm

Remember at the end of the year he’s got at least 30. Go Uggs!

bostonbravo

July 6th, 2012
11:13 pm

I hate/always have…Damn Smuggla

Impeller

July 7th, 2012
3:18 am

And don’t forget that Chipper likes Dan so that makes everything okay.

Beltrans Rigth ear mole

July 7th, 2012
3:21 am

Here’s how to fix Uggla and why he is in his slump.

Tell him he is going to be benched if he does not follow these instructions.

He gets two swings all out – after that the batboy brings him a heavier longer bat – h bring him a cricket bat – and he has to slow down and try, just for h of it, TRY to meet the ball.

Now why is he in this prolonged slump?? – go back and check his stats from the game in which he squared up the sun high up on that sculpture in centerfield in Miami. It was june 5. Everyone notices his slump started THAT day.

He needs to shave his head under the sun trust sign behind home-plate asap.

Beltrans Rigth ear mole

July 7th, 2012
3:23 am

He needs to shave his head under the sun trust sign behind home-plate asap.

To take off the hex!!!

IdahoBravesFan

July 7th, 2012
6:41 am

We should let Delgado hit for Struggla. Has a much better average. Hard to believe a pitcher can consistently hit better than a guy who consistently hits.

OTP

July 7th, 2012
8:54 am

The guy is not an All-Star. The only way he can get on base is to get hit by a pitch?! This was a bad investment. Time to sell.

Jax

July 7th, 2012
9:34 am

Who would buy his contract?

Gwinnett is Calling

July 7th, 2012
10:12 am

Deciding to swing or to not swing before the ball leaves the pitchers hand is fruitless. Uggla says he will swing his way out of the slump, but how many 0-4 nights can the Braves survive in the meantime. Wilson is not the answer either, but there has to be a prospect somewhere in the system that can hit .150 in the Bigs… that would double Uggla’s output and maybe he’ll stop screwing around if he has to carry his own bags for awhile at AAA or AA.

Winchester

July 7th, 2012
10:12 am

Oh Danny Boy needs to get his mind off of strippers and porn stars. His focus is not yet on baseball and honoring his multi-million dollar contract.

Unfortunately, over-valued professional ball players stop playing once they receive their contracts.

Gwinnett is Calling

July 7th, 2012
10:15 am

I also think this is another example of FreddiG being a deer in the headlights when it is clear the time has come to make a decision stronger than dropping Uggla three spots in the order.

Whiskey River

July 7th, 2012
10:21 am

Uggla has to hit out of his slump. It’s coming. Be patient.

bustersonly

July 7th, 2012
12:36 pm

Well that didn’t work, how about trying the 9 spot, all our pitchers are hitting better than Ug right now

bustersonly

July 7th, 2012
12:47 pm

Uggla is an All Star, surely someone would like to have an All Star second baseman, don’t have to give us anybody just take him off our hands.

bustersonly

July 7th, 2012
12:48 pm

Whiskey River, Whiskey I can’t believe you said that!

Whiskey River

July 7th, 2012
12:58 pm

You can’t believe I said What!

bustersonly

July 7th, 2012
3:11 pm

Whiskey River
July 7th, 2012
12:58 pm

You can’t believe I said What

How long do we give him to hit out of his slump, ST 2013?

Whiskey River

July 7th, 2012
3:27 pm

I really don’t know but just my opinion that he will come out of it. Look what he did second half last year,

Roger In Alabama

July 8th, 2012
1:10 am

This guy has had enough time to get out of his funk. It’s time for the Braves to cut ties and let someone else deal with Uggla. His only productivity is his defense. He couldn’t hit a basketball if they threw it at him. Send this guy packing…

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