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B.J. Upton benched again

May 31, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

B.J. Upton

Our Fredi is learning. B.J. Upton, mired in, well, it can’t really be called a “slump” when it’s his whole season, is riding pine against the Nationals tonight. In his place in center field: Jason Heyward. Evan Gattis will be in left and Justin Upton in right.

Counting tonight, Upton has been benched five times in the Braves last seven games. And in the two games he started he went 0 for 6 with five strikeouts. Overall this year he’s “hitting” .136/.232/.247 with 62 strikeouts in 158 at bats.

He’s in the first year of a five-year, $75 million deal. If the Braves weren’t in first place I figure he’d be getting way more pub than he is for stinking as bad as he has.

  1. Old Gator - May 31, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Sibling rivalry. It’s a killer.

    • heyblueyoustink - May 31, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Played in a pool league with my younger brother on the team once. Never again, because apparently tackling a sibling and punching in the back of the head in public is sociably unacceptable behaviour, even in dive bars. ( He deserved to be, in my humble estimation ).

  2. ame123 - May 31, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    In the meantime his little bro is sitting at .680 OPS in May after an 1.136 OPS April. I have a feeling if BJ is benched long-term Justin just might continue slumping. Maybe a little grit matters after all?

  3. atlsportingreports - May 31, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

    • heyblueyoustink - May 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      If my nickname was “crash override” or “zero cool”, I’d whack your computer right now.

      • goskinsvt - May 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        man, what a reference.

      • hojo20 - May 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        Can I reblog your comment?

  4. mazblast - May 31, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    The worst move I made on any of my fantasy teams was keeping this guy. The best may have been when I benched him weeks ago. Fredi seems to have come to the same conclusion despite the probability of someone in the front office playing the “but we’re paying him $75 million” card.

  5. icanspeel - May 31, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Puts Fredi in a tough position since eventually their 75 million investment will need to start playing to try and turn things around, but at what cost?

  6. flamethrower101 - May 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    It’s too bad BJ is riding the pine like this. You know, if only he had one of those things teams dish out ever offseason. You know, a long-term contract. That way he could guarantee himself a lineup spot no matter how much he’s sucking. Oh wait, he does have a long-term contract!! My bad.

    At least it’s only for 5 years instead of 10 *looks towards Arte Moreno and winks*

  7. pisano - May 31, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    This guy was overrated from the get-go, he’s a .235 two .240 hitter, with a little pop in his bat. He’s very good defensively, but his offense of numbers have always left a lot to be desired. The Braves overpaid for this guy, and now they have to live with it. Case closed.

  8. onbucky96 - May 31, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Yeah, he’s no Ricky Weeks…

  9. mf44srq - May 31, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    As we say in Tampa, “B.J. Who?”

  10. js20011041 - May 31, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Just think, if only they had a good centerfielder to resign this offseason. Whoops. Michael Bourn, right now, is batting 311/359/454. All for $27 million fewer over the course of the contract. If the Braves were expecteing a breakout from BJ, they were fooling themselves. He’s still relatively young given his experience, but he’s also got 4000 plate appearances showing that he’s a 250/330/410 hitter. The breakout’s not coming. It’s not a bad track record, especially given his defense and baserunning, but they should have realized they weren’t getting 75 million dollars of performance.

  11. connormyboy - May 31, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Don’t miss him here

  12. yousuxxors - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    that’s worse than ike Davis lol

  13. drone501 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    damn, i would hate to be the one writing out his check every month. how can stiffs like this even accept their checks. glad the pirates do business the way they do.

    • tuberippin - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:50 AM


  14. naturalwonders - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    These big, bloated, multi-year contracts are to blame. Far better to offer a player big, bloated single-year contracts….at least that way gambles gone wrong aren’t compounded by a factor of five.

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