Friday, July 29, 2011

The MLB on TSC: The Good, The Bad and The Uggla

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Time for a mini-edition of the MLB on TSC to take a quick look at some odds and ends around Major League Baseball. Let's take a look at the good, the bad and the uggla (yes, Uggla) for this past week.

Here goes--

THE GOOD (Part 1)

KUDOS to Los Angeles Angels starter Ervin Santana for pitching the third no-hitter of the 2011 season. Santana followed in the footsteps of Francisco Liriano and Justin Verlander who earlier in the season tossed no-nos of their own. All three no-hitters this season have been on the road. As for Santana, he pitched his gem against the Cleveland Indians, a team that Santana had lost to in his previous six starts against them. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Santana is the first pitcher in major-league history to throw a no-hitter versus a team that had previously beaten him at least six times without a loss. Now that's what I call SWEET revenge.

THE GOOD (Part 2)
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DOUBLE KUDOS to Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon. Since taking over the team, the 80-year old McKeon has guided the Marlins (52-53) back to respectability. On June 19, the day then-manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned, the Marlins were 32-40, on a 10-game losing streak and drowning in a 1-19 quagmire.

Under McKeon, the team as gone 20-13 (.606) and is at the brink of being above water again. So much for the criticism the octogenarian received for being (quote, unquote) too old to manage.

Wow, check out his fist-pump! The old man still got it. No doubt.

THE BAD

Shame on me for jumping on the Colorado Rockies bandwagon earlier in the year. On April 17, the Rockies were a staggering 12-3 (.800) and were the talk of the baseball world. Since then, they have gone a disappointing 37-53 and have left many of us wondering-- WHAT HAPPENED?

And finally--

THE UGGLA

Yes I know, it should be THE UGLY, but Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is the one guy who this season has lived up to his last name thus far. Uggla (.205 BA) has recently raised his batting average above the dreaded Mendoza Line (.200 BA). To put in perspective how bad things have been for Uggla-- when he recently extended his hitting streak to 15 games, his batting average was still below the Mendoza Line. According to Elias, Uggla became the first player in modern major-league history (since 1900) with a batting average below .200 at the end of a player's 15th game of a single-season hitting streak. Even after extending his hitting streak to 17 games, Uggla was still batting only .199. He finally pushed his BA over the Mendoza Line by going 3 for 4 and extending the hitting streak to 18 games.

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For the record, he's currently at .205 and has a 19-game hitting streak. His average was .178 when the streak began. Now that's what I call uggla! Ooooops, I meant ugly!

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