When the Atlanta Braves take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night at 8:30 pm, the Braves will be without starting second baseman Dan Uggla for the NLDS.
Due to poor play, Uggla has been left off the Braves’ NLDS roster this was told by a source to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Taking Uggla’s place will be Elliot Johnson. Uggla played horrible this season to say the least. In his final 124 plate appearances, Uggla batted .103 with one home run, four RBI and 39 strikeouts.
We all know Uggla to be a strikeout machine but he has hit the wall for the Braves this season and feel like they cannot trust him in a playoff situation. The numbers do not get better for the second baseman as for this season he has a .179 batting average with 22 home runs and a .671 OPS. 22 home runs are good but he is still batting under the Mendoza line.
The bad news about this is Uggla is due to make $26 million over the next two years and seems like he is on the decline. If the Braves get pass the Dodgers and advance to the NLCS, will Dan Uggla get a chance to play, that is a wait and see. It all depends on how Elliot Johnson plays second base for the foreseeable future.