Uggla’s Power

Corbindawg called out Kensington and Uchee yesterday so I figured I’d chip in and posting something that I’ve noticed with this year’s Braves team.  It happened again last night so I figured there must be something to it.

After last night, Braves 2B Dan Uggla is sitting at 22 homers for the year.  Now, power and production is one reason that Wren signed him over the offseason (and I sure am glad he has turned it around in that department over the last month), but one thing I have been curious about is how effective Uggla’s power has been….so I looked it up using the game log:

1 Apr 2 @ Washington, Loss 6-3, Solo HR
2 Apr 4 @ Milwaukee Win 2-1, Solo HR
3. Apr 14 vs Florida Loss 6-5,  Solo HR
4 . Apr 19 @ LAD, Win 10-1, 3-R HR when winning 5-1
5. Apr 24 @ San Francisco, Win 9-6, Solo HR
6. May 10 vs Washington, Loss 7-6, 3-R HR
7. May 15 vs Philadelphia, Win 3-2, Solo HR
8. Jun 12 @ Houston, Win 4-1, 2-R HR
9. Jun 14 @ New York Mets, Loss 4-3, Solo HR
10. June 22 vs. Toronto, Win 5-1, 2-R HR
11. June 25 @ SD, Win 10-1, 3-R HR
12. June 28 @ Seattle, Win 5-4, Solo HR
13. July 5 vs Colorado, Win 5-3, Solo Shot
14. July 6 vs Colorado, Win 9-1, 2-R HR
15. July 9 @ Philadelphia, Win 4-1, Solo Shot
16 & 17. July 19 @ Colorado, Loss 12-3, 2 Solo HRs
18. July 22 @ Cincinnati, Win 6-4, 2-R HR, Game Winner
19.  July 29 vs Florida, Win 5-0, 3-R HR
20.  July 30 vs Florida, Win 5-1, 3-R HR
21 & 22. Aug 1 @ Washington, Loss 5-3, 2 Solo HRs

According to my count, that’s:
11 Solo Shots
9 2+ R HR
7 Solo Shots in Braves Losses
1 2+ R HR in Braves Losses

Of Uggla’s 22 HRs, 7 have come via solo during Braves losses (and another in a blowout win vs. the Dodgers).  Having solo HR’s from Uggla during a loss is almost as worse as a starter throwing 6 shutout innings but losing the game.  It’s great having Uggla’s power in the lineup, but let’s hope the team translates it more into wins. The Phillies current lead is 7 games in the Division, but the D-backs a sneaking up on the Wildcard…the Braves will need all the wins they can get.



4 Responses to “Uggla’s Power”

  1. 1 Corbindawg August 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Uggla can’t help that when he hits a homer, no one is on base.

    Last night, he hits 2 solo shots and David Ross hits one. On Sunday, the Braves had 12 hits but 1 run. I think the overall problem to the team is the lack of hitting with runners in scoring position.

  2. 2 BuyPropertyUcheeDawg! August 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

    ditto. You say that 7 out of the 22 times he hit a homer we lost. The other side of that coin is that when Uggla homers we win 69% of the time. That’s pretty good right? Struggling a little to follow your logic.

  3. 3 barndawg August 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Agree with both of your statements. Trying to say that the Braves can afford to waste opportunities, especially with power guy. He’s gonna get homers…but the Braves have to use them to win games.

    Guess I need to work on my writing skills before noon…

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