Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:33:29 -0700
The Atlanta Braves are trying to move OF B.J. Upton at any cost, according to another general manager.
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 13:47:44 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton went 0-for-4 Sunday, July 6, to snap his career-best 11-game hitting streak.
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:05:33 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton has had at least one hit in all 11 games since being moved to the leadoff spot on June 23.
Fantasy Tip: Upton is hitting just .214 on the year, but he is hitting .283 during the 11-game hitting streak and has scored 10 runs. Meanwhile, the Braves have won 10 of the 11 games since Upton was moved to the leadoff spot.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:10:34 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton will remain in the leadoff spot for the foreseeable future, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Fantasy Tip: The real beneficiary here is Jason Heyward, who will have additional RBI opportunities in the middle of the lineup. Upton will have an opportunity to utilize his speed more and should see an uptick in runs scored, but his overall fantasy value won't change significantly.
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:16:57 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton hit in the leadoff spot against the Houston Astros Tuesday, June 24. "I've got a good feeling about it," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're just trying to find a sparkplug in the first couple of spots there."
Fantasy Tip: Theoretically, batting atop the Braves' lineup should boost Upton's fantasy value, but it doesn't matter where he is at in the lineup if he isn't reaching base.
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:02:32 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton (rest) received a scheduled day off Wednesday, June 18, against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:50:03 -0700
Atlanta Braves 2B Tommy La Stella is hitting in the leadoff spot in the team's new-look lineup Wednesday, June 18, with OF Jason Heyward moved to the fifth spot against the Philadelphia Phillies. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he may give La Stella a long look in the top spot. La Stella is hitting .364 on the season. OF B.J. Upton and SS Andrelton Simmons are taking the day off.
Fantasy Tip: The move should boost La Stella's value slightly in the run-scoring category as the Braves look to take advantage of his contact and on-base skills. At this point, La Stella should be owned in the majority of leagues.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:37:36 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton was scratched from the lineup Friday, June 6, because his flight arrived later than expected. Upton's wife delivered a baby Thursday, June 5.
Tue, 27 May 2014 18:17:09 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton worked with his father over the winter to simplify his footwork, and after a four-strikeout game May 17 in St. Louis, Upton approached hitting coach Greg Walker wanting to quiet his bat waggle. The results have been paying off. "He came in Monday and said 'I'm going to change my hand move,' and we felt like that was the last piece of the puzzle," Walker said. "Getting it less violent, get it over with earlier. His swing plan has changed because of it." Upton has seven hits in 28 at-bats (.250) with two doubles and a homer since the adjustment.
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:52:00 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris D. Johnson, OFs B.J. Upton and Justin Upton and 2B Dan Uggla are all out of the lineup Tuesday, April 29, as the team faces Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez. The Braves struck out 14 times in eight innings against Hernandez the last time they faced him. 2B Ramiro Pena, OF Jordan Schafer, C Ryan Doumit and SS Tyler Pastornicky all received starts.