Monday, August 15, 2011

Dan Uggla and the Hitting Streak

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Well folks, the Dan Uggla hitting streak is over! 33 games. Very impressive.

As Uggla put it, "It was a fun run but all things have got to come to an end sometime."

Indeed it was fun following Uggla's improbable hitting streak. After all, it's not often a .170 hitter goes on a 33-game hitting streak. In fact, it's the first time ever in the modern era (since 1900).

Here are some interesting tidbits about Uggla's streak, according to the Elias Sports Bureau:
  • On July 4, the day before the streak began, Uggla had a .173 batting average.
  • By game 33 of the streak he had raised his average to .232.
  • By game 15 of the streak he had a .197 batting average, a modern day record.
  • By game 20 of the streak he had a .206 batting average, a modern day record.
  • By game 25 of the streak he had a .215 batting average, a modern day record.
  • By game 30 of the streak he had a .220 batting average, a modern day record.
  • All those modern day records are for lowest batting average ever after a milestone number of games of a hitting streak.
  • He hit 15 home runs during the streak, which tied a major-league record for most home runs during a hitting streak of any length. Joe DiMaggio hit 15 HR during his 56-game hitting streak in 1941. Willie McCovey hit 15 HR during a 24-game hitting streak in 1963. Alex Rodriguez hit 15 HR during a 23-game hitting streak over a two season span in 2006 and 2007.
A ONE-HIT WONDER

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During the streak, Uggla had EXACTLY ONE HIT in 22 of the 33 games. That tied him for the third most 1-hit games during a streak in the Modern Era (since 1900). Joe DiMaggio had 34 1-hit games during his monumental 56-game hitting streak in 1941. Pete Rose had 26 1-hit games during is mind-blowing 44-game hitting streak in 1978. Benito Santiago had 22 1-hit games during his 34-game hitting streak in 1987. Santiago's 34-game hitting streak is the most ever by a rookie and by a catcher.

25 HOME RUNS AND 32+ GAME HITTING STREAKS

Uggla is only 1 of 5 players in major-league history to have a hitting streak of 32 or more games and have 25-or-more home runs in the same season. The other 4 were: Rogers Hornsby in 1922, Joe DiMaggio in 1941, Tommy Holmes in 1945 and Chase Utley in 2006.

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Incidentally, Tommy Holmes 37-game hitting streak in 1945 for the Boston Braves is the Braves franchise record. Uggla's 33-game streak is the most-ever for the Atlanta Braves. Rico Carty held the previous mark of 31 games in 1970.

So there it is. Everything about Dan Uggla and is out-of-nowhere 33-game hitting streak. Yes I know, way too much stats-- but what can I say-- 1) I'm a stat freak and 2) I'm a huge fan of ESPN's Tim Kurkjian (another stat freak).

Keep up the good work, Tim!

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