The Atlanta Braves continue to struggle at the plate, and it is time for manager Fredi Gonzalez to make some changes to the team’s lineup. Both Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton are continuing their struggles from last season. They are hitting in the low .200s and must improve, or Gonzalez needs to bench them for a couple of games.
Moving Andrelton Simmons to the No. 2 hole would be a good idea. Simmons makes contact with the ball on a regular basis. The shortstop has only struck out a few times this season, something you look for in a guy who should be near the top of the lineup. The combination of Jason Heyward and Simmons would be one of the best 1-2 hitter combinations in all of baseball.
Gonzalez should also consider moving Upton further down in the lineup where he can relax a little more and not worry so much about getting on base. He seems to do better at the bottom of the lineup where he can pick up more RBIs. These little changes could make a huge difference for the Braves’ offense.
As for Uggla, he has been a constant problem for the Braves’ offense. For some reason, he has lost all confidence in his swing. Either Gonzalez needs to let him ride the pine for a little bit or he needs to think about getting rid of him. If Gonzalez is willing to make the necessary changes to his lineup, the offense will begin to produce more runs on a consistent basis.