Dan Uggla has hit 3 home runs in 10 days, spanning from June 12 to June 22. He is still trying to be an “all or nothing” swing, but I don’t think the Braves had in mind for Dan to bat .300- or even .280. Uggla prior to last season, had only hit above .260 once in a full seaosn-his rookie year in 2006 when he hit .282. Starting in 2007 through 2010, he hit .245, .260, .243 and .287. Even with those years with a poor batting average, Uggla had at least 30 HR and around 90 RBI. The Braves broght him in for that, not his average.
We are almost at the midway point of the 2011 season, and Dan is having a season so far to forget. He is batting a miserable .177, has 10 HR and only 23 RBI. If he was more in line with his career numbers, I honestly think the Braves would be leading the NL East and have one of, if not the best, records in baseball.
Is Dan Uggla starting to turn things around? He has had a pretty decent week and a half. I don’t think Dan will improve much on his average…it is hard to raise an average once it is below the Mendoza Line as long as it has been. But if he can start to hit for power, then we should be in good shape. Remember last season, Troy Glaus had a monster May and June before his old, steroid ridden body began to break down. If the last few weeks are any indication, maybe Dan can start to get thigns going again.