Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dan Uggla Update, Zach Attacked!

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Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is starting to salvage his season, thanks to a solid month of July at the plate.

Yesterday, Uggla hit a 3-run home run in the Braves 5-1 win over the Florida Marlins, extending his hitting streak to 21 games. That's the good news.

The bad news is, he still only has a .206 batting average.

But since we live in a "what have you done for me lately" world, Uggla should, no doubt, be feeling better about his performance these days. On July 4, the day before the hitting streak began, Uggla had a paltry .173 batting average. On July 5, his 21-game hitting streak began. During the streak, he has batted .295 which has helped push his average over the Mendoza Line (.200) to it's current .206 level.

Uggla also leads the Braves with 20 home runs which is always a "feel-good" medicine. No doubt.

And then there's the plight of Baltimore Orioles starter Zach Britton--

Poor Zach. I wonder if "mama told him there'd be days like this"?

Here are the pitching stats for Britton's last two starts--
  • July 8 at Boston Red Sox: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 7 ER
  • July 30 at New York Yankees: 0.1 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 6 ER

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Britton became the first player in major-league history to allow eight-or-more runs while lasting less than an inning in each of two consecutive starts.

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After the Boston massacre on July 8, Britton was sent down to the minor leagues and spent almost a month in Class-AA Bowie. He was recalled on Friday July 29 and was penciled in to pitch on Saturday July 30 against the Yankees. When recalled (on Friday) Britton told the Baltimore Sun, "Good to see the guys again, kind of a rough stretch going down there and watching the guys on TV. So it's good to be back."


Be careful what you wish for, Zach!