BJ Upton was not in the starting lineup last night. That marks the fifth time in the last seven days somebody else was in center field to start the game. And while some, including us, have wondered aloud if Upton should still be starting versus righties, Upton himself, is still very much in the corner of the BJ-apologists…
“I thought I was an everyday player,” Upton said. “I don’t know if I’m subject to matchups now or not. I’m not going to get too bent out of shape about it, but obviously I want to be out there everyday.”
On the one hand, Upton has to see the writing on the wall. His mechanics are a mess and he couldn’t hit righties right now even if they set it up on a tee.
On the other hand, we have to lay some blame at the feet of Joe Maddon. There is no reason for a player to not know what their role is on the team. If Upton is the starting center fielder, fine, put him out there everyday. But if he is not the everyday guy, JoeMa should make that clear to BJ.
Maddon insists Bossman was never benched. And in the past week JoeMa has given numerous excuses for Upton’s absence from the lineup. Last week it was that he needed extra rest and had a sore muscle. Last night, Maddon referenced BJ’s career numbers versus Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-16).
Whatever, the excuse, it seems clear that BJ Upton is no longer an everyday player. And Joe Maddon is one step closer to his dream of platooning the entire cot damned roster.