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Dan Uggla for... leadoff?

Listen, it's not the first time this scenario has been brought up, Uggla has an affinity for the three true outcomes. And taking a walk is a big part of his game. Prior to his vision troubles this season, Uggla has been a career .340 OBP, and his BB/9 this season is still a respectable 13.5%.

The bigger issue here is the overreaction from three games worth of statistics. I have been on the side of cautiously optimistic when it comes to Jordan Schafer's "resurgence", therefore I'm not all that surprised that he has struggled not only since Jason Heyward went down, but also since his injury (heck, even his rehab was uninspiring). Frankly Schafer seems to be pressing in his new role over these last few games, and from a personal preference standpoint I think BJ Upton needs more AB's to help him to get out of the funk he is in. I'd rather bet money on BJ in October rather than Schafer.

So beyond the CF conundrum, that leaves Fredi with very few choices at the top of the order. I specifically think to last night's game (8/24) when Freddie Freeman stepped into the box with two outs and slugged a solo home run, I couldn't help but think how much it sucked that no one was on-base, and how this could become a common theme down the stretch if things stay the same. Now I'm a realist, I concede that had the situation changed and runners been on-base the entire at bat could have gone differently ultimately ending in an out rather than a home run, however having your #3 hitter come to the plate in the first inning is something that can be changed.

In conclusion while Dan Uggla is not the same hitter that Jason Heyward is by any means, I think Uggla could have similar benefits by moving to the top of the order, especially if he his walks continue along with his career numbers. While Uggla is still on the DL until later this week, it will be interesting to see if Fredi makes any changes in the meantime.

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