Tag:Dan Uggla
Posted on: August 12, 2011 4:41 pm

On Deck: Spotlight on Turner Field


By Matt Snyder

We've got our usual full slate of Friday night games, with 15 starting in a three hour and five minute window. There is, of course, the possible drama of the Giants heading to Florida to square off against the team that knocked Buster Posey out for the season, but it sounds like nothing will come of that. So we'll grab three other intriguing storylines here. And remember to keep those eyes glued on the CBSSports.com live scoreboard all night with up to the second updates.

Uggla goes for 32, Braves lead Wild Card: The Braves return home Friday with second baseman Dan Uggla bringing in the longest major-league hitting streak since Chase Utley's 35-gamer in 2006. We've already covered the matchups for this series in terms of Uggla's history against the Cubs' pitchers, so let's instead focus on the game itself here. The Braves have a five-game lead in the NL Wild Card race and host the team with the second-worst record in the National League. Still, it may not be as easy as it sounds. The Cubs come in having won nine of their past 11 and are playing solid baseball for the first time in 2011. Carlos Zambrano (9-6, 4.46) of the Cubs faces off against Mike Minor (1-2, 4.85). Cubs at Braves, 7:35 p.m. ET.

Oakland's Public Enemy: Rangers starter C.J. Wilson (10-5, 3.35) had some strong words for the Oakland A's, the stadium, their fans, etc. earlier this week. He basically said everything sucks, so that couldn't have endeared him much to the A's or the Oakland fans. Wilson's former teammate Brandon McCarthy (5-5, 3.31), now of the A's, responded by saying the A's need to beat Wilson and the fans need to show up and send Wilson a message. And wouldn't you know it, the two pichers just happen to be squaring off Friday night. There doesn't seem to be any bad blood, so much as Wilson just speaking his mind and McCarthy trying to stand up for his ballclub and fans. Still, it's too bad the ptichers don't bat. It would be cool to see them go head-to-head. Rangers at A's, 10:05 p.m. ET.

Wells returns to Toronto: Vernon Wells played almost 1,400 games in 12 seasons for the Blue Jays. He was a fixture in center field for over a decade, making three All-Star Games and hauling in three Gold Gloves. This season, however, he's playing for the Angels and Friday night he'll take the field at the Rogers Centre wearing enermy garb for the first time. Wells hasn't fared well at all for the Angels, as his .208/.241/.373 line is the worst of his career. He is, however, in a pennant race of the Angels are just two games behind the Rangers in the AL West. Wells' Angels will send red-hot Ervin Santana (8-8, 3.21) to the hill as the Blue Jays counter with Brandon Morrow (8-6, 4.51). Santana is 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA -- and a no-hitter -- in his past eight starts. No word yet on the Man in White's availability, but the Jays may need him. Angels at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET.

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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 10, 2011 7:19 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 7:34 pm

Uggla extends hitting streak to 31 games

By Matt Snyder

Braves second baseman Dan Uggla didn't waste any time in extending his hitting streak Wednesday night. He ripped the first pitch he saw up the middle for a two-RBI single, spotting the Braves an early lead against the Marlins -- Uggla's former team. With the hit, he extended his hitting streak to 31 games, marking the longest streak in the majors this season. He also tied Rico Carty (1970) for the longest hitting streak in the history of the Atlanta Braves.

The next milestones for Uggla's streak will be the Braves' franchise record, which is 37 and was done by Tommy Holmes in 1945, for the Boston Braves. After that, it's Pete Rose's NL record of 44 games and Joe DiMaggio's major-league record at 56 games.

Uggla and the Braves next come home for a three-game series against the Cubs. It will start Friday night at 7:35 p.m. ET at Turner Field. Carlos Zambrano is the scheduled starter for the Cubs. Uggla is 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in 13 career plate appearances against Zambrano.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 7:27 pm

On Deck: Uggla, Ubaldo and NL Central fight


By Matt Snyder

With two afternoon games already underway, we're still left with 13 night games on this Wednesday. The Yankees have lost three in a row while the Red Sox have won four in a row to open up a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL East. The White Sox are looking to win their sixth in a row while the Twins look to break a six-game losing streak. The Rangers and Angels have a nice race in the AL West while the Diamondbacks are hot on the heels of the Giants in the NL West. Simply put, there's tons of intriguing action coming, so keep those eyes on the live CBSSports.com scoreboard for all game action.

UGGLA GOES FOR 31: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 30 games Tuesday night, which ties Andre Ethier of the Dodgers for the longest of the 2011 season. If Uggla gets a hit against the Marlins Wednesday night, he'll tie the Atlanta Braves' record for the longest hitting streak, which is currently held by Rico Carty (1970). Uggla and the Braves will face Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 3.73). Uggla has a homer in three at-bats against Sanchez. The Braves, meanwhile, are the NL Wild Card leader and look to extend their winning streak to four. Tim Hudson (11-7, 3.22) gets the nod for the visitors. Braves at Marlins, 7:05 p.m. ET.

UBALDO TAKES ON DETROIT: The Indians acquired Ubaldo Jimenez from the Rockies less than a day before the non-waiver trade deadline in one of the more bizarre deals, because of the timing. He took the mound for one inning for Colorado that Saturday night and was then pulled and hugged all his teammates before departing. He was then knocked around last week in Texas during his Indians debut. Wednesday night will be his chance to win over the home fans. Jimenez will make his home debut for the Indians against the AL Central leaders, the Tigers. The Indians are three games back, so it's a big start for Jimenez. Rick Porcello (11-6, 4.49) starts for the Tigers. Tigers at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET.

CENTRAL RIVALRY: Tensions have been high between the Cardinals and Brewers for a bit, and they'll square off again Wednesday night. It's still not late enough in the season to call any game a must-win, but the Cardinals really could use the victory here. They now trail the Brewers by four in the Central. As hot as Milwaukee has been playing, it would behoove the Cardinals to stay within a series worth of games in the standings. The pitching matchup is Randy Wolf (8-8, 3.61) for the Brewers against Jake Westbrook (9-5, 4.83) of St. Louis. Brewers at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET.

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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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Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: August 8, 2011 12:33 pm

Uggla's upcoming matchups by numbers

By Matt Snyder

When Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak Sunday to 28 games, it was officially time to start paying heavy attention. He's now halfway to Joe DiMaggio's vaunted record. Uggla's hitting .355 with 12 homers, 26 RBI and a 1.140 OPS during the streak, so he's not just hitting a single a game. This week, Uggla returns to Florida, where he spent the first five years of his major-league career. Let's take a look at the pitching matchups in the upcoming series for Uggla on the road against the Marlins.

Monday starter: Brad Hand
Hand has allowed 25 hits in 34 2/3 innings this season, so he's pretty tough to hit. Last time out, though, he allowed seven hits in five innings. He does pitch much better at home, though, where he's only allowed eight hits in 18 innings. Uggla is 0-for-2 against Hand in his career, but he faced him earlier this season when he wasn't hitting anything.

Tuesday starter: Clay Hensley
Hensley has given up 28 hits in 34 1/3 innings this year and is coming off a brutal outing in which he couldn't get out of the third inning. He's also given up 15 hits in 16 1/3 innings at home this season. Uggla is 2-for-8 with a home run against his former teammate.
Wednesday starter: Anibal Sanchez
For as good as he was earlier this season, Sanchez has been pretty hittable. He's allowed 141 hits in 144 2/3 innings, but he's been far worse lately. In his last four outings, Sanchez has allowed 34 hits in 25 1/3 innings pitched. He is slightly better at home than on the road, but not by much. Uggla has only faced Sanchez three times, but has a home run to show for it. Of note here: If Uggla gets a hit in all three of the games in this series, he will tie the Braves' team record with a 31-game hitting streak.

Marlins bullpen
Uggla is 0-for-11 with six strikeouts against current members of the Marlins' bullpen. It's a small sample, of course, but he might want to get that hit out of the way early in each game of the series.

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Category: MLB
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