Uggla, McCann scuffling at tough time for Braves

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien this series.)

Washington – The ninth inning in last night’s game summed up the Braves recent offensive struggles, didn’t it?

They had runners first and third with nobody out, down 4-1, with a chance to make a real stink on the Washington Nationals and closer Tyler Clippard. Then Dan Uggla popped out in foul ground to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Brian McCann popped out to Adam LaRoche at first. Juan Francisco is the only one who got hold of a ball but flew out to end the game.

In a matter of five pitches, the scoring threat was over. .

“When you’ve got a couple guys who are struggling in the lineup, it seems like the big at-bats always find you,” Chipper Jones said when I asked him about that sequence last night and Uggla and McCann’s pop-ups. “They’re scuffling a little bit, they’ve got to just keep grinding out at-bats in hopes that they find a rhythm here pretty soon.

“But like I said, the guy out there on the mound in the ninth (Clippard) has got one of the best change-ups in the game and again, he’s got close to 30 saves on the season. He’s pretty good at his craft. That’s a solid ball club over there and they force you to play a perfect game to beat them, and we haven’t done it yet.”

Of the five pitches Uggla (four) and McCann (one) saw, four were change-ups and it’s what both of them popped out.

But it’s not just Clippard who’s been foiling the Braves’ boppers. Their previous time up, Drew Storen, needed only four pitches to get through those same three batters in the seventh inning.

McCann has been battling what he said was a cyst in his shoulder joint and a frayed labrum, and took a cortisone shot two weeks ago in Philadelphia. After showing a promising resurgence in July – hitting .296 with nine home runs and 21 RBIs, he’s settled back down in August. McCann is hitting .136 (6-for-44) with no home runs and one RBI this month.

Same deal with Uggla. Since he hit a three-run homer off Edinson Volquez on August 15, he has gone 2-for-23 (.087) with seven strikeouts. Since his three-hit game to help the Braves and Tim Hudson rally in Philadelphia on Aug. 8, Uggla is 6-for-38 (.158). Just when it looks like he’s about to take off again – most recently with his stretch of 12 RBIs in 11 games – he gets back into a rut.

Uggla is hitting only .208 on the season now, which is last in the National League among qualified regulars. The only every day players doing worse are over in the American League: Seattle’s Justin Smoak (.191), Tampa’s Carloa Pena (.194) and Chicago’s Adam Dunn (.206).

As a team the Braves have scored only seven runs in their past four games. For the month of August, the Braves are hitting .234, which is 12th in the National League, while the Nationals are hitting .267 which is fourth. The Braves have scored 86 runs this month, (averaging 4.3), to the Nationals’ 105 (averaging 5.0).

Medlen vs. Detwiler

The more games the Braves lose in this series the higher the stakes get for the next game and that’s so true for the finale tonight when Kris Medlen returns to the mound for the first time since Thursday, when he put up his finest outing as a professional with a complete-game shutout over the Padres.

Medlen is 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA in four starts since rejoining the rotation. And the Braves have now won each of his past 15 starts dating back to 2010 before his Tommy John surgery. That matched John Smoltz for the franchise record, which Smoltz did in 1996 when the Braves won 15 his starts in a row.

But none would be bigger than tonight. Medlen is making his first ever start against the Nationals. He’s faced them four times in relief this season and nine times in his career overall (2.77 ERA). He’s facing Ross Detwiler, whom Davey Johnson flip-flopped with Edwin Jackson, in part so he could throw a lefty at the Braves.

That four-game series the Braves split last trip here? The Braves won two games started by righties, Stephen Strasburg and Jackson, and lost both games started by lefties John Lannan and Detwiler. Detwiler gave up only two runs (one earned) in seven innings that day. But the Braves trailed by 4-0 after the first inning with Jair Jurrjens on the mound, so that changed the complexion of the game.

The Braves are 21-25 vs. lefty starters this season overall but have won their past two starts against lefties – Dodger lefty Chris Capuano gave up only three earned runs in 7 1/3 innings but the Braves came back to win 4-3 in extra innings. Before that, the Braves beat Padres lefty Clayton Richard, rolling up five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Prior to that the Braves had lost three of their past four to lefties – the only exception was when they pounded Johan Santana for eight runs in 1 1/3 innings. (Otherwise, they lost to Eric Stults, one earned run in 7 2/3 innings, Jonathan Niese, one earned run in eight innings, and Cole Hamels, complete game shutout.)

Fredi Gonzalez said he was planning to sit McCann today against Detwiler but play him on Thursday night in San Francisco against Barry Zito.

Speaking of, the pitching matchups for Giants series are Tommy Hanson vs. Zito on Thursday, Ben Sheets vs. Ryan Vogelsong on Friday, Mike Minor vs. Madison Bumgarner on Saturday, Hudson vs. Tim Lincecum on Sunday….So the Braves do miss Matt Cain.

Johnson on wild card vs. division

I need to go on and file this thing, but wanted to pass along some quotes my friends the Nats hacks passed along from Davey Johnson last night. This is the Nationals manager talking about how much more pressure there is on teams to win the division now that there is a wild card playoff game:

“There’s really more pressure on you to win your division. There’s 10 times more pressure. Those guys know it. Getting the wild card before, you’re in the playoffs. Now you get the wild card and you’ve got a one-game playoff and that puts you really behind the eight-ball because you’ll probably use your best pitcher in that one-game playoff.

“Any time you go up against the club that’s fighting you for the division it’s more weighted. There’s more concentration. There’s more energy level. There’s more on the table. Atlanta. After yesterday they were very dejected. After today they were very dejected because they know. They’ve got a pretty good lead on the wild card but they don’t want the wild card. Believe it. Everybody was all excited about the new wild card being added. I wasn’t real keen on it. I knew right away that you could be the second club in your division and you’ve got a one-game playoff. It’s not a comfortable feeling for clubs fighting for the pennant. Same way with San Francisco and LA. There’s heat on them.”

Braves lineup:

1. Prado LF

2. Johnson CF

3. Heyward RF

4. Jones 3B

5. Freeman 1B

6. Ross C

7. Pastornicky 2B

8. Janish SS

9. Medlen P

1,538 comments Add your comment

Animus

August 22nd, 2012
2:39 pm

Nice write-up, Here’s hoping that this blog has a nicer tone than yesterdays/this mornings :)

Trey

August 22nd, 2012
2:40 pm

nolie, glad to see that you haven’t left the blog, yet.

nolie

August 22nd, 2012
2:40 pm

Last night was a faece. The same person must have used 100 different monikers

Brian from SC

August 22nd, 2012
2:41 pm

Carroll Rogers, you’re my hero.

flange1

August 22nd, 2012
2:43 pm

Thanks for the new blog CR.

And as usual you are right on nolie!

Brian from SC

August 22nd, 2012
2:43 pm

No doubt in my mind at this point…the Nats are better than the Braves in 2012. Doesn’t mean the season is over, though. Let’s see if this group can prove a lot of folks wrong and show some spunk to close out this tough stretch of games. The schedule softens up again next week.

Animus

August 22nd, 2012
2:44 pm

Since Medlen is pitching, I’m expecting a win, of course as many have pointed out to me on here, Medlen hasn’t started against a GOOD team. Looking forward to seeing him dominate!

Efrim

August 22nd, 2012
2:44 pm

Carroll Rogers, you’re my hero.

Agreed. Go CR and Go DOB.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 22nd, 2012
2:44 pm

Thanks CR!!!

Andrelton Simmons ‏@Andrelton
Rehab is going really good. I’m glad I’m allowed to swing again. Been hitting cage bombs. Haha #exited

Good news….we’re gonna need you buddy! Get back soon.

Efrim

August 22nd, 2012
2:44 pm

The schedule softens up again next week.

And through September.

JT Grace

August 22nd, 2012
2:44 pm

Hopefully Reed Johnson gets a start tonight against the lefty. Maybe it’s time to give Freeman a day off.

nolie

August 22nd, 2012
2:45 pm

When in anger or in doubt
run in circles, scream and shout

Arkansas Transplant

August 22nd, 2012
2:45 pm

Uggla to waivers!!

cricket

August 22nd, 2012
2:46 pm

fight started yet?

Venice Jim

August 22nd, 2012
2:46 pm

Thanks, Carroll!

steve

August 22nd, 2012
2:46 pm

Dan Uggla is this year’s Derek Lowe. No matter how awful, Fredi will have him in the lineup.

Bobby Bobby

August 22nd, 2012
2:46 pm

let’s hope Prado is starting at 2b next year

cricket

August 22nd, 2012
2:47 pm

When in anger or in doubt
run in circles, scream and shout

that’s easy for lucky retirees to say ;)

nolie

August 22nd, 2012
2:47 pm

he won’t be BB

ChillyMutt

August 22nd, 2012
2:47 pm

A year long slump is not scuffling.

PDOG

August 22nd, 2012
2:47 pm

I would be all for trading Dan Uggla for Jason Bay at the end of this. Although Bay is due 18+ million next year it is his last year under contract while Braves are stuck with Uggla for 3 more years after this. I am sure the Mets would love the trade. Go get it done FW

nolie

August 22nd, 2012
2:48 pm

it has not been a year, the first two months he was leading all second basemen in just about everything

Brian from SC

August 22nd, 2012
2:48 pm

. I am sure the Mets would love the trade.

What would make you think that?

Mendoza Line

August 22nd, 2012
2:48 pm

THE SCUFFLE SHUFFLE

Uggla’s been dancing The Scuffle Shuffle on and off as long as he’s been a Brave — but mostly on.

And Fredi keeps on “running him out there” — with no worries about Dan — per Fredi.

Efrim

August 22nd, 2012
2:48 pm

I hope Dan Uggla is our 2nd baseman every single season until his contract runs out. And I hope he stays on the surface and doesn’t go to hell.

Hate the Haters. His name is Dan Uggla. Go Braves.

nolie

August 22nd, 2012
2:49 pm

Jason Bay? My God man, are ye daft?

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 22nd, 2012
2:49 pm

Carroll Rogers, you’re my hero.

Agreed. Go CR and Go DOB.

Co-Sign!!!

PDOG

August 22nd, 2012
2:49 pm

Mets are so down on Bay they will do anything to get rid of him.

Efrim

August 22nd, 2012
2:50 pm

I would be all for trading Dan Uggla for Jason Bay at the end of this.

Jason Bay is basically the bat boy. He looks sickly and like a tired old man. I don’t think he has anything left.

nolie

August 22nd, 2012
2:51 pm

as well they should be, Bay absolutely sukks

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 22nd, 2012
2:51 pm

Efrim at 2:48: Right on!!! Dan is the man (and one of my fave Braves)! Go Dan and Go Braves!

PDOG

August 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

I will ask again would you rather have one year of Bay or three more years of Uggla?

cricket

August 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

braves are still not gonna sign greinke

ChillyMutt

August 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

If Uggla had any huevos, he’d take himself out of the lineup – for the good of the team.

Fragile Bob Horner

August 22nd, 2012
2:53 pm

FG should be giving Ross more time behind the plate now. I know you have to stick with your guys, but you also have to give your team the best chance to win. Sit Uggla for a couple of games. Maybe he will learn to hit to the whole field instead of trying to pull every single pitch down the left field line. You can’t worry about their egos when you need to worry about getting wins!

DS1

August 22nd, 2012
2:53 pm

cab/VJ

Did you get my post from the last blog? Got tix in the same section, but row 8 for THIRTY BUCKS. So your seat snob designation is safe for now!

See you at the game!

Brian from SC

August 22nd, 2012
2:53 pm

I will ask again would you rather have one year of Bay or three more years of Uggla?

Yeah, probably Uggla. But I don’t think the Mets would be as ecstatic about it as you indicate. There’s a difference of $21 million in total money owed to the two of them.

Animus

August 22nd, 2012
2:53 pm

If Bourn gets the day off today (HBP, facing a lefty) – I won’t be too upset. He has 122K’s this season, only 51 walks.

His OBP is respectable at .353, but a day off wouldn’t be the worse thing Fredi can give him right now.

Efrim

August 22nd, 2012
2:53 pm

I will ask again would you rather have one year of Bay or three more years of Uggla?

Three more years of Uggla. Bay is and has been cooked for years.

PDOG

August 22nd, 2012
2:54 pm

How does Freddie justify benching Heyward last year but he keeps running Uggla out there everyday this year.

nolie

August 22nd, 2012
2:54 pm

that’s not even a hard question. Uggla by far,

Brian from SC

August 22nd, 2012
2:55 pm

How does Freddie justify benching Heyward last year but he keeps running Uggla out there everyday this year.

Lack of suitable replacement? I don’t think they want Prado playing 2B. So your alternative is Pastornicky at this point.

DS1

August 22nd, 2012
2:55 pm

and I would proudly wear my Dan Uggla jersey to the games in SF and SD, but I left it at home (and I am not returning before the games).

:sad:

jt

August 22nd, 2012
2:55 pm

Evidently “scuffling” is not in the Nats vocabulary, only in McCann’s and Uggla’s/ I think if you look up the word in dictionary you will see a giant size picture of that Fat Ass PopEye shrimp UGGLA!!

Get rid of him PLEASE!!!!! Let Patronecky play, at least he makes contact. and I would bet you any amount of money, he would have made that play night before last.

steve

August 22nd, 2012
2:55 pm

Three more years of Uggla is enough to make me nausous.

Brava

August 22nd, 2012
2:55 pm

Thank you, Carroll.

nolie

August 22nd, 2012
2:55 pm

Uggs needs to eat eggs???

Brian from SC

August 22nd, 2012
2:56 pm

and I would bet you any amount of money, he would have made that play night before last

Yes, because he proved himself to be such a stout defensive player. Oh, wait…scratch that, he was one of the worst in baseball.

steve

August 22nd, 2012
2:56 pm

PDOG

August 22nd, 2012
2:56 pm

Pastornicky should be given a chance, or Prado should play second with Johnson playing LF.

cricket

August 22nd, 2012
2:56 pm

and so it begins. i think i noticed at least 3 new temp monikers being employed here so far..

DS1

August 22nd, 2012
2:56 pm

If I thought Uggla were washed up, I’d do that deal. But I don’t and I wouldn’t.

Besides, nobody in the Braves org gives a rats azz about what I think anyway.

Tomahawkin (Suffering Fan)

August 22nd, 2012
2:57 pm

jt

“Evidently “scuffling” is not in the Nats vocabulary, only in McCann’s and Uggla’s/ I think if you look up the word in dictionary you will see a giant size picture of that Fat Ass PopEye shrimp UGGLA!! ”

OUCH

Mendoza Line

August 22nd, 2012
2:57 pm

OVER UGGLA

I’m not sure I would take Bay over Uggla at this point — probably not!

But I would like to see Dan traded this off-season.

Arkansas Transplant

August 22nd, 2012
2:57 pm

I don’t think the Mets would do it anyways.. and that pretty much says it all.

Brava

August 22nd, 2012
2:57 pm

I have to repost this from the last blog, as I didn’t see Carroll’s announcement in time.

Well, that explains a lot. Dan Uggla and his mother are blogging here under a bunch of the blog regulars’ names?

Well, Dan, since you’re here (and mom, listen up too), that play you failed to make the other night, you know the one that cost the game, really pissed me off and I told you to go to hell in the heat of the moment. I can’t take it back because it’s exactly how I felt at that very moment. The passion overcame me after watching a four-plus hour game on the edge of my seat and having it end in a heart-breaking loss because you FAILED to do your job and make a play. Now, I will assure you that I didn’t really wish for you to go to hell, it was just a figure of speech, but the sanctimonious crowd here (are they all family and friends?) don’t get it because they don’t share my level of passion. They are perfectly happy with you no matter how poorly you play, as is their right. I’m just not like them. Sorry.

Brian from SC

August 22nd, 2012
2:58 pm

Like it or not, Uggla possesses a skill that no one else on the team does: legit right-handed power. Having that threat in the lineup is important to the Braves’ success offensively. They need him to get it going.

Arkansas Transplant

August 22nd, 2012
2:58 pm

Lack of suitable replacement?

Pastor would give you more than what Uggla presently is giving this team. He’s doing nothing.

Tomahawkin (Suffering Fan)

August 22nd, 2012
2:59 pm

Damn, The Blog just started and the Mark Bradley Bloggers (The non regulars) are Killing Struggla Again…

Ouch

Oh well, brb, Time for Chuck and Chernoff on 680AM The Fan….

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 22nd, 2012
2:59 pm

I would take Uggla over Bay in a heartbeat…. Bay has been done for years, Uggla can still turn this around. He’s shown glimpses of it.

braves are still not gonna sign greinke

We’ll see… his price is dropping after the starts he’s put up for LAA… might scare away the big market teams. :)

Arkansas Transplant

August 22nd, 2012
3:00 pm

legit right-handed power.

He’s not hitting.. so there’s really not anything legit about it. Plus, he’ll be lucky to hit 20 homers this year.

Animus

August 22nd, 2012
3:00 pm

He hasn’t played the position much, but I don’t think Pastronicky can play defense at 2nd and worse than Uggla right now, and he does hit every now and then. But, which game do you sit Uggla out of? You never know when he’s going to “break out of it” and hit a bomb or two.

Dan Struggla

August 22nd, 2012
3:00 pm

@PDOG Because Fredi has been in love with Uggla since their days in Miami, and Heyward just isn’t Fredi’s type.

Venice Jim

August 22nd, 2012
3:00 pm

DS1 – the seats 4 rows ahead of us were $95, so we were not that snobby…

Brian from SC

August 22nd, 2012
3:01 pm

He’s not hitting.. so there’s really not anything legit about it. Plus, he’ll be lucky to hit 20 homers this year.

Do you think he has lost the skill, or do you think he is not successful right now in employing it?

steve

August 22nd, 2012
3:02 pm

One has to make contact to show power. Exactly how much power has Uggla shown lately?

Brava

August 22nd, 2012
3:02 pm

Read the comments, here, SNEAKY, then get back to me.

PDOG

August 22nd, 2012
3:02 pm

Here is another thought, how about giving either Gattis or Cunningham a call up to play left and move Prado to second. They couldn’t do any worse then Uggla. Those of you who bashing the bloggers for getting on Uggla where were you last year when Freddie benched Heyward?

Arkansas Transplant

August 22nd, 2012
3:04 pm

But, which game do you sit Uggla out of? You never know when he’s going to “break out of it” and hit a bomb or two.

Your looking at it wrong.. look at all of the games he hasn’t.

Animus

August 22nd, 2012
3:04 pm

Last year Heyward was struggling when he got benched – he also tried to play through a couple of injuries and was lost at the plate. Benching him made sense.

Uggla hasn’t been injured that we know of, but he is STRUGGLING at the plate – sitting him wouldn’t hurt the team, but is OBP is decent, so he stays.

Vino Fino

August 22nd, 2012
3:04 pm

Haven’t read all the comments yet, and I’m guessing it’s already been mentioned, but with all do respect Carroll (I think you do a great job overall), how can you call what McCann and Uggla are doing “scuffling”? Isn’t it time to start calling it what it really is? Aside of the 30-40 game stretch last year, Uggla has just been plain awful since signing with the Braves. He is now one of the worst everyday hitters in the league and seemingly has no clue when at the plate. If it weren’t for the massive contract, which is quickly becoming one of the worst signing decisions in recent MLB history, he would have been benched long ago.

McCann’s scenario is a bit tougher, but not much better. He’s clearly hurt, but he too has not just been “scuffling” as of late, he’s been supbar to bad for almost a year now. I hope the Braves think long and hard before extending him for sentimental / leadership reasons, because I think it’s time to face the fact that as an “aging”, somewhat out of shape catcher, his skills are going to continue to diminish and he will only become more injury prone. He’s been a huge part of this team for a long time and he’s a class act, but I for one hope he’s not in the long term plans.

Trey

August 22nd, 2012
3:05 pm

It takes a lot to get ol’ Wayne riled up. ;)

SNEAKY PETE

August 22nd, 2012
3:05 pm

I have read all the comments including yours. The fact that some do not excoriate Dan does not mean that they are perfectly happy with him, and most all have agreed at one time or another that he is playing badly, they just do not feel the need to denigrate him post after post after post after post after post after

Brian from SC

August 22nd, 2012
3:05 pm

I agree Pastornicky, or Reed Johnson, could perform as well as Uggla has in recent days. However, neither one of them can perform as well as Uggla is capable of performing, unless you believe he’s totally washed up. That’s why he’s still being run out there.

Gary O

August 22nd, 2012
3:06 pm

Brian,

Why would the manager not want Prado at 2B for a game here and there (with Reed Johnson in LF)?

And although Uggla is right handed power, a base hit last night in the ninth would have kept the game going.

DS1

August 22nd, 2012
3:06 pm

VJ

I am sorely disappointed!

:wink:

And I could have sat in the nose bleed seats for FIVE big ones! So I am improving!

:lol:

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 22nd, 2012
3:06 pm

Did it occur to you that most of us are NOT happy with Uggla’s results, but that due to the back of his baseball card, we are hopeful that he will find his old game before the season is over?

This!

Kat

August 22nd, 2012
3:07 pm

VJ and DS1.. you all might not be that snobby but I am ;-) . I got the $98 ones first row in 117.

Arkansas Transplant

August 22nd, 2012
3:07 pm

Brian from SC

I’m not real sure, but he doesn’t really look like he did at any point last season. Right now when it looks like he got one.. it’s just warning track power. Maybe he’s dealing with shoulder issues too or maybe he’s just aging or maybe pitchers are pitching him differently? I do know that his walks have begun to come down and he’s not reaching base as much as he was the first 2 months of the season.

cricket

August 22nd, 2012
3:07 pm

i’m not happy with uggla’s performance, i have eyeballs

Brian from SC

August 22nd, 2012
3:07 pm

Why would the manager not want Prado at 2B for a game here and there (with Reed Johnson in LF)?

Gonzalez has done that, and may do that in the near future. Some seem to want Gonzalez to sit Uggla on a more permanent basis (like more than just a game here and there).

Dilemma

August 22nd, 2012
3:08 pm

Would you rather have Jason Bay or Dan Uggla? Um, let’s see do I want chocolate or vanilla on my turd sundae?

TennesseePaul

August 22nd, 2012
3:08 pm

Thanks for the work CR.

GO BRAVES!!

Heisenberg

August 22nd, 2012
3:08 pm

“When you’ve got a couple guys who are struggling in the lineup, it seems like the big at-bats always find you,”
******************************

I can understand to a point to keep running guys out there in the starting lineup in hopes they snap out of it. But when the 9th inning rolls around and the game is on the line and nothing we have seen suggests the result would be any different, how about a pinch hitter? This is a grown man game. Guys not getting the job done for whatever reason will just have to get over hurt feelings if they are pulled. Medlen is going to have to allow negative 1 run for a chance to win.

Arkansas Transplant

August 22nd, 2012
3:08 pm

I seriously think that Uggla should be shopped over the offseason though.

DS1

August 22nd, 2012
3:09 pm

Gary O

And if I’d invested with Steve Jobs back in the mid 70’s, I’d be a millionaire right now.

SNEAKY PETE

August 22nd, 2012
3:09 pm

no DS1 it has never occurred to them. If you don’t rip a player unmercifully, then you are obviously in love with him and perfectly happy with his performance. It is all or neither, do you not realize that?

TennesseePaul

August 22nd, 2012
3:10 pm

Hate the Haters. His name is Dan Uggla. Go Braves.

It takes a whole team to not score runs.

N Nine

August 22nd, 2012
3:10 pm

Last month i called for the NATS having a double digit cushion over the rest of NL East. Looks like it will easily happen. Focus on wild card, that’s about it. Don’t kid yourself.

sg10

August 22nd, 2012
3:10 pm

I like how Uggla tries hard but we said the same thing about McLouth..just being a nice guy doesn’t do it when it comes to winning..we need to start Prado at second base and get the new guy (Reid?) in the left field more frequently.. The same goes with McCann…We need to rest McCann and start Ross as a primary catcher..Currently, we have 4 automatic outs in the lineup with the pitcher, light hitting Janish, Uggla and McCann..how can we tolerate the same thing again this season with few key guys scuffling over long stretches? Not having Simmons for his better offense, plus Freeman cooling down a bit isn’t helping either..

Arkansas Transplant

August 22nd, 2012
3:11 pm

I think he does need to sit for an extended period of time.. I’d be okay with sitting him over the next 5 games. That would give him a chance to maybe regroup and clear his head. It certainly couldn’t hurt

DS1

August 22nd, 2012
3:11 pm

AT

Shop Uggla? Are you kidding? Who’s gonna bite? We are better off to stick with him in hopes that he regresses to the mean sooner than later.

He sure as heck ain’t gonna get out of the slump on the bench. Though a day or so off might not hurt at this point.

cabravesfan

August 22nd, 2012
3:11 pm

Kat-

I would have bought the $95 ones if we were not going on Wednesday too- those were a bit more expensive than the Tuesday ones (and behind home plate) :)

cricket

August 22nd, 2012
3:12 pm

i don’t like “This!”. for some reason, it feels to me teenageish..

steve

August 22nd, 2012
3:12 pm

Uggla needs to sit. He has the lowest BA among 2nd basemen in the league. Of course, last night, Fredi batted him fifth. Maybe tonight he will bat third.

Brian from SC

August 22nd, 2012
3:12 pm

For those of you who just want to sit the players who are struggling…

Do you think the Braves stand a chance, if they make the playoffs, if the starting lineup has Reed Johnson, Paul Janish, and David Ross in it?

I think, if the Braves want to make a run, they are going to need Dan Uggla and Brian McCann. And the only way to get them right is to let them play through it.

If you sit them in favor of the backups, you’re probably not going places anyway, really.

jt

August 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

Did anyone go back and look at replay of Uggla’s screw up on Monday night. If he had caught the ball he had no clue what or where to go with the ball. I think that is why he dropped it, total minor league confusion, no wait, minor league players are better than that. Sorry minor players comparing you to Uggla.

chas

August 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

atlanta has three problems and im sory to say they do not reconize them. MCCANN, UGGLY AND FREDI FOR PLAYING THEM, I WOULD THINK ANY IDIOT WOULD KNOW THAT ROSS IS A BETTER CATCHER, AND PRADO IS A BETTER 2ND BASEMAN AND FREDI, THERES NO HOPE UNLESS HE CHANGES

cabravesfan

August 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

I’m still trying to totally turn VJ into a seat snob. He’s much better at not overspending than I am :D

SNEAKY PETE

August 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

ou’re another one who gets his sense of worth from bashing and belittling others @Brava

Pot, meet kettle :roll:

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