Tag:hitting streak
Posted on: August 13, 2011 7:29 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 12:13 am

Uggla extends streak to 33 games

Dan UgglaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has extended his hitting streak to 33 games with a first-inning single off of Cubs' starter Randy Wells. He added a solo homer in the fourth inning, his 15th home run during the streak and 27th overall.

Only 18 players have ever had longer hitting streaks than Uggla's, whose is the longest since 2006 when Philadelphia's Chase Utley hit in 35 consecutive games. That same season, Utley's teammate, Jimmy Rollins, had a 38-game hitting streak come to an end. Rollins hit in the final 36 games of the 2005 season and the first two of the 2006 season.

With a 3-2 count, Uggla hit a liner into center. It was the 13th time in the streak he has gotten a hit in his first plate appearance.

"I ain't complaining about getting them out of the way in the first inning either," Uggla told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It takes a little bit of the edge off."

Uggla finished 2 for 3 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. Uggla is now hitting .232 on the season. 

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Posted on: August 12, 2011 8:07 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 9:03 pm

Uggla extends hitting streak to 32

By Matt Snyder

Dan Uggla now has the longest hitting streak in the history of the Atlanta Braves. He extended his streak to 32 games by hitting a home run in the second inning off an 0-1 Carlos Zambrano pitch. The home run was kind of fitting, as this hasn't been a cheap hitting streak by any stretch. Not only has Uggla raised his batting average over 50 points since the streak began, but he now has 13 home runs and 18 extra-base hits in these past 32 games. Quick update: Uggla hit another homer off Zambrano. So make that 14 HRs and 19 extra-base hits during the streak.

The homer moves Uggla into sole possession of 22nd place on the list of longest streaks in baseball history. It is the longest in baseball since Chase Utley had a 35-game streak five years ago. The Braves franchise record is 37, which was set in 1945 by Tommy Holmes of the Boston Braves. The NL record is Pete Rose at 44, while the major-league record -- as nearly every baseball fan knows -- is Joe DiMaggio at 56. We can't start thinking about Rose until 40 games or DiMaggio until Rose's record is broken, though, because those are far in the distance.

Now the focus on Uggla shifts to the Braves' Saturday game against the Cubs. Randy Wells is the starting pitcher for the Cubs, and the numbers suggest Uggla has a pretty good shot at extending this thing to 33 games. But the game isn't played on paper, so we'll find out Saturday.

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 6:03 pm

Analyzing Uggla's matchups against Cubs

By Matt Snyder

Braves second baseman Dan Uggla picked up a knock in the first inning Wednesday night, extending his hitting streak to an MLB season-high 31 games. One day later, a Braves off-day, the focus now shifts to the upcoming series. The Braves return home to face the Cubs for a three-game series, beginning Friday night. Let's take a look at how Uggla has fared against the Cubs' pitchers in his career.

Friday starter: Carlos Zambrano
Uggla is 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in 13 plate appearances against Zambrano. Zambrano's 9.3 hits per nine innings this season is the worst of his career by a full hit and his strikeout rate is as low as it's ever been. So, basically, he may not be near as tough on Uggla as he has in the past. Zambrano has a bad history at Turner Field (6.52 ERA, 1.76 WHIP), so this one appears to be tough to predict.

Saturday starter: Randy Wells
Wells has been awful this year, with an ERA over 6.00 and is allowing 10.7 H/9. In Uggla's small sample against Wells, he's 1-for-2 with a walk. So if the streak is alive heading into Saturday, there's a pretty good chance it's going to Sunday.

Sunday starter: Matt Garza
Uggla's 3-for-9 with a walk and hit-by-pitch in 11 career plate appearances against Garza. Garza has been a good strikeout pitcher this season and is allowing 8.5 H/9. He's been both inconsistent and hurt by poor luck (bad defense, seeing-eye grounders, etc.). This one feels like a bit of a toss-up, but Uggla's hot and has a pretty good history against Garza.

Cubs' bullpen
Uggla owns one of the Cubs' top relievers, Sean Marshall, having gone 6-for-16 with three doubles against him. But Marshall is left-handed and Uggla's 0-for-8 against the Cubs' top two right-handed relievers, Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol. Uggla is 1-for-5 with a home run against Jeff Samardzija.

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 5:19 pm

Longest 2011 hitting streaks by team

By Matt Snyder

As all baseball fans surely know by now, Braves second baseman Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 31 games Wednesday night. It's the longest streak in the majors this season -- and tied for the 22nd longest in MLB history. With the Braves having an off-day Thursday and knowing that the streak could end any day now, let's take a look at the longest hitting streak for each team in this 2011 season.

The most interesting finding was that Uggla's streak is more than twice as long as the longest streak for 15 other teams.

(team - player, number of games. Start date - end date.)

Braves - Uggla, 31. July 5 - present.

Dodgers - Andre Ethier, 30. April 2 - May 6.

Marlins - Emilio Bonifacio, 26. June 28 - July 28.

Red Sox - Dustin Pedroia, 25. June 29 - July 28.

Brewers - Ryan Braun, 23. June 8 - July 14.

Astros - Hunter Pence, 23. May 19 - June 13.

Giants - Pablo Sandoval, 22. June 19 - July 14.

Cardinals - Ryan Theriot, 20. May 15 - June 7.

Orioles - Nick Markakis, 19. June 8 - June 30.

Royals - Alex Gordon, 19. April 3 - April 26.

Nationals - Ryan Zimmerman, 19. July 22 - present (including Thursday afternoon).

Angels - Howard Kendrick, 18. June 20 - July 9.

Padres - Chase Headley, 16. May 21 - June 6.

Cubs - Marlon Byrd, 16. April 28 - May 16.

Rays - Johnny Damon, 16. April 8 - April 28.

Athletics - Hideki Matsui, 15. July 23 - August 7.

Phillies - Shane Victorino, 15. April 26 - May 13.

Rangers - Michael Young, 15. April 9 - April 25.

Diamondbacks - Justin Upton, 14. July 19 - August 2.

Pirates - Neil Walker, 13. July 2 - July 19.

White Sox - Paul Konerko, 13. May 28 - June 12.

Tigers - Victor Martinez, 13. April 15 - May 14.

Yankees - Robinson Cano, 13. April 7 - April 24.

Mets - Jose Reyes, 13. April 2 - April 16.

Twins - Michael Cuddyer, 12. June 9 - June 23.

Blue Jays - Yunel Escobar, 12. May 20 - May 31.

Reds - Brandon Phillips, 11. July 22 - August 1.

Rockies - Carlos Gonzalez, 11. June 7 - June 18.

Indians - Asdrubal Cabrera, 10. May 7 - May 19.

Mariners - Mike Carp, 10. July 30 - present.

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Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:46 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 1:50 am

Uggla's streak hits 30 games

Dan UgglaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 30 games on Tuesday, tying the Dodgers' Andre Ethier for the season's longest. 

Uggla singled off of Florida's Clay Hensley in the fifth inning to extend his streak. Uggla hit a bouncer into the hole between short and third and Emilio Bonifacio was able to field the ball, but his throw was nowhere close. It was the second night in a  row he extended his hitting streak with an infield single. 

He's now owner of the second-longest hitting streak in Atlanta history behind Rico Carty's 31-game hitting streak in 1970.

Uggla finished the game 1 for 6 in the Braves' 4-3 victory in 11 innings.

"We're talking about a lot of games, so there's going to be times where you don't feel as good as other times," Uggla told Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "You've just got to battle and take what you can get."

Uggla has a home run in three plate appearances against Wednesday's starter, Anibal Sanchez.

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Posted on: August 8, 2011 8:39 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 10:48 pm

Uggla's hitting streak to 29

Dan UgglaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 29 games with an infield single in the fifth inning of the Braves game in Florida.

Uggla hit a dribbler off of Marlins starter Brad Hand to Marlins shortstop Emilio Bonifacio and beat it out. It was his fourth infield single of the team's current road trip.

Uggla's hitting streak is the second-longest in the majors this season behind Los Angeles' Andre Ethier earlier this season. He's just two games short of the Atlanta record of hits in 31 consecutive games set by Rico Carty in 1971.

Uggla walked in his first at-bat of the game and then grounded out to Hand to end the Braves' four-run second. He finished the game 1 for 3.

Against Tuesday's starter for the Marlines, Clay Hensley, Uggla is 2 for 8 with a home run and a walk. 

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