Everyone loves that Dan Uggla is in the midst of a 30-game hitting streak. I love it! Everyone on the team loves it! Everyone in the stands loves it! It's fantastic to see a player who struggled for as long as Uggla did this year finally become regularly productive. The streak started the day after the Fourth of July, and since that time Uggla is hitting .345 (41-for-119) with five doubles, 12 home runs, and 27 RBI. So leave it to USA Today to point out the (somewhat sad, somewhat funny, somewhat amazing) stats about this streak:
If Uggla's streak were to end tonight when the Braves play the Florida Marlins, his .220 season average would be the lowest at the end of a streak of at least 30 games. The current low was .284 set by Wily Taveras in 2006.
Uggla has one hit in 22 of his 30 games, another record. Nine of those were infield hits. He had a total of six in the previous 86 games he had played.
Of course ...
If Uggla survives and gets a hit Wednesday night, he will be only the 17th player to have at least a 31-game hitting streak since 1941.
Uggla is already in the Braves record book with the third-longest streak. The longest streak in Atlanta history is 31, set by Rico Carty in 1970. The longest in franchise history is 37 games by Tommy Holmes for the 1945 Boston Braves.
Good stuff to chew on before tonight's
rain delay game.