Time to Trade B.J. Upton or Remain Patient???

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When fantasy owners drafted B.J. Upton this year, they were drafting him as a source for home runs and stolen bases. So far this season, he has just three home runs and three stolen bases. On Monday night, Upton struck out four times and walked once against the Reds, which ended his season-high two-game hitting streak. Upton is currently hitting .148 with 5 RBI and the frustration is mounting for those that own Upton. At this point, you have to stay the course with him. Benching Upton is an option, but don't trade him. GMs are lurking to get Upton as a buy-low candidate. Remain patient because the home runs and stolen bases are coming. 

 MLB News & Notes

  • Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's 9-2 victory over the Dodgers. Goldschmidt has been awesome at the plate this season. He has played in every game and is on pace to hit 30 home runs and drive in well over 100 runs.
  • James Shields had thrown eight scoreless innings and allowed just two hits while striking out a season-high nine batters. He had also thrown 102 pitches, but was denied a win because of Greg Holland's blown save.
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  • Andrew Cashner threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Marlins on Monday night. Cashner had just four strikeouts against a weak Marlins lineup and found himself in a couple jams that he did work out of, but overall it was a good effort.
  • Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI to lead the Braves to a 7-4 victory over the Reds on Monday. Simmons seems comfortable in the eighth spot in the Braves lineup after struggling to get on base when he was batting leadoff.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera belted two home runs in a victory over the A's. Its good to see Cabrera heating up.
  • Anthony Rizzo hit a home run and knocked in four runs in a victory over the Rangers. In his last 11 games, Rizzo is hitting .450 with three home runs and 11 RBI.
  • Josh Johnson had an MRI on his triceps come back negative. This is great news for Johnson and the Blue Jays. It appears that he could begin throwing later in the week.
  • Brian McCann returned to the Braves lineup and went 0-for-4. McCann says his shoulder feels great and is excited to be back with the team.
  • Evan Gattis got his first major league start in left field now that Brian McCann has returned from the disabled list. Manager Fredi Gonzalez will find ways to keep Gattis' bat in the lineup. Gattis will see time in left field, first base, and catcher. McCann will need a  couples days off a week, so until Jayson Heyward returns from his stint on the disabled list, fantasy owners can expect to see Gattis in the Braves lineup.
  • Jarrod Parker (neck) is uncertain to make his next scheduled start. Parker left Monday's start due to a neck strain, an issue which has bothered him at times this season. This is certainly an injury that could put Parker on the disabled list and explain why he has diminished velocity.