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Braves leave Dan Uggla, Paul Maholm, and Scott Downs off playoff roster

Oct 2, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

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As expected the Braves have left second baseman Dan Uggla off their NLDS roster, meaning they’d rather face the Dodgers without their highest-paid player. Uggla hit .179 this season and was completely helpless since returning from eye surgery, going 8-for-60 (.133) with 25 strikeouts.

Along with Uggla the Braves also left off Paul Maholm, who started 26 games during the regular season, and Scott Downs, who was acquired from the Angels to provide a left-handed bullpen option in the late innings.

Instead of relying on Maholm for a potential Game 4 start the Braves will apparently turn to Freddy Garcia, who was bouncing around between Triple-A teams a month ago and then tossed 27 innings with a 1.65 ERA down the stretch. Garcia is also 36 years old with a 4.84 ERA in 188 total innings since the beginning of last season, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is a big believer in recent performances being meaningful.

Which is why Downs likely missed the cut. He’s been one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball for almost a decade, posting a combined 2.33 ERA in 447 appearances since 2007, but Downs had a 3.86 ERA and 15/8 K/BB ratio in 14 innings for the Braves.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    It should give Uggla more time for the weight room

  2. senioreditor2 - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    AND they still owe him 26 million over the next 2 years!

  3. mdpickles - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Maybe if he didn’t wear a jersey that was two sizes too small, he would hit better?

  4. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I get the Uggla and Maholm snubs but why Fredi left Downs off the roster as well is beyond me. He doesn’t have Flaherty or Venters to rely on, being Luis Avilan his only reliable lefty reliever. And that 3.86 ERA and 15/8 K/BB ratio in 14 innings line isn’t as bad nor a long enough sample size for you to make that kind of decision given Downs track record.

    • StottsEra - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      they are going to use Wood when they would of used Downs

      not saying I agree, but that is Fredi’s plan

    • Walk - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      I was assuming downs recent broken finger is the reason he was left off the roster. It is worrisome as avilan has changed his motion and is short arming pitches and not following through lately. He may well be hiding an injury.

  5. sandpiperair - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I know the Braves aren’t in this situation, but for the one-game wildcard playoffs, why do teams carry their starting rotation on their rosters? Guys like Latos and Arroyo were on the Reds roster last night, weren’t they? Could they have left them off in favor of more bench players, or are they required to keep the same roster into the next series?

    • MLBlogsbig3bosox - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Good question. I’m guessing they carry the same rosters for the next series but it’s just a wild guess. Anyways, I think it’s a moot point since taking 3 or 4 starters off the roster in favor of some unproven minor leaguers who would not play at all in that game (unless you have a Billy Hamilton that should absolutely be in the normal playoff roster) is not of much use. Also you could use some of the starters as relievers if the game goes to extra-innings.

      • rbrown2090 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        To help answer your question by rule a team must have the same make up in the playoffs as they due August 31st before they expand their rosters. So if a team had 13 pitchers and 12 position players on August 31st then they must have 13 pitchers and 12 position players on their plaoff roster. Obviously not the same 13 and 12.

      • sandpiperair - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Thanks guys.

  6. StottsEra - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    I’d rather have uggla than constanza

  7. swimmer2010 - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I don’t disagree with ANY of these three being left off the roster…what I have a BIG PROBLEM with is the fact that they actually kept BRAKE JOB on the roster…he has done nothing but SUCK this year…

    • hasbeen5 - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      He can at least run and field. And “Brake Job” isn’t funny.

  8. earpaniac - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    How do you get worse after getting your eyesight fixed?

  9. thehawg - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Looks like the Marlins made a good decision in not giving Uggla that big contract.

  10. scubagolfjim - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    This is something I believe that distinguishes Fredi from Bobby. I well remember several years back when Bobby opted for Julio in every post-season start instead of using Matt in his normal rotation at first even though Matt had been tearing it up in his last several starts. (You know, the Franco twins.) This is just one glaring example.

    Maybe this will result in a better post-season performance. Bobby was Great during the regular season, but then he’d go bat-s-crazy (not the baseball, but flying type) in the post season with some of his decisions. His “sudden micro managing” cost us several wins through the years. Used to kinda wish he’d just “get the flu” or something at post-season one year just to test the theory. He’d get us there, but then…Geez!

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