Latest Update B.J. Upton is not in the Braves starting lineup on Monday. Mon Jul, 28, 10:03 AM
A phenomenal athlete, he has a lanky frame with quick wrists, a great throwing arm and supreme speed. Is an elite center-fielder, above-average base-stealer, decent home-run hitter and patient at the dish.
Flaws: : Has holes in his swing and takes a huge cut, so he piles up tremendous amounts of strikeouts. Can suffer from mental lapses in the field. Generally lacks polish. Can also be a little temperamental.
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise with lefty Jason Lane on the hill for the Padres on Monday. Upton is batting just .167 against southpaws this season and has no home runs and just one RBI against them. Jordan Schafer will take over in center and bat leadoff instead.Analyst: Howard Bender
Believe it or not, it's just a routine day off for Upton who has started the last 11 games. Despite the fact that he's hit safely in eight of his last nine games, he doesn't hit Jake Arrieta well (4-for-17) and this is probably manager Rick Renteria's way to try and avoid a potential 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He'll be back Saturday. We bet you can't wait.Analyst: Howard Bender
Did Gonzales go to the Dusty Baker school of lineup management? Must have as he continues to bat a player with a .343 OBP fifth (Jason Heyward) and instead bats Upton and his .214 OBP leadoff followed by Andrelton Simmons and his .289 OBP in the two-hole.Analyst: Michael Pichan
B.J. Upton extended his current hit streak to six games, but before you get too excited he is hitting just .231 (6-for-26) with only three RBI, one stolen base, and a more respectable four runs over that span.Analyst: Michael Pichan