Uggla: signs of emerging from epic slump

HOUSTON — Dan Uggla never imagined it would be 66 games into the season before he had back-to-back multi-hit games for the Braves.

But it took that long for the second baseman, who showed signs over the weekend in Houston of coming out of the season-long slump that sunk his batting average to a majors-worst .170 before Saturday.

Uggla went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Sunday’s 4-2 win, after going 2-for-3 with two walks on Saturday. He said he finally was starting to feel like himself at the plate.

“The way I can tell, the biggest difference, is the way I’m taking pitches now,” Uggla said. “My timing has been better the last couple of days. When you’re on time, you’re going to give yourself a chance.”

He snapped a string of 23 games including 21 games in which he’d batted, tied for the longest streak of his career in 2006. The three walks were also the most Uggla had in consecutive games all season.

“That’s a sign, for me, that he’s seeing the ball a lot better than he has,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who previously managed Uggla for 3-1/2 of the slugger’s five seasons with the Marlins. “The work he’s putting in is paying off.

“Usually when hitters go in slumps, they’re not seeing the ball. They try expanding the strike zone and get themselves in bad hitter’s counts.”

Uggla’s first-inning homer Sunday was his eighth, and staked Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson to a 2-0 lead.

“He looked like he was locked in today,” Hanson said. “Hopefully he keeps that going. He’s a big part of our team.”

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reckingball

June 12th, 2011
6:42 pm

roopcas

June 12th, 2011
6:47 pm

Very Encouraging start for Uggla… If we get J-Hey and Prado back this could be one exciting summer. What will we do went McClouth comes back? I think Schafer is doing great, he has 6 SB’s already… We got to keep Schafer.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

June 12th, 2011
6:47 pm

Dont get 2 exited. It was against the Astros and ever one no they sux.

reckingball

June 12th, 2011
6:51 pm

Didn’t Uggla say that he was just trying to advance Schafer, and was not trying to hit a HR.
IF he is breaking out of his drought, and IF “Heywood”, and McLouth, can come back strong with their bats, I think that the Braves might have a chance at the playoffs, this season.
I just got a good sign, that there is a good chance of that happening, it just rained at my house for the 1st time in 47 days.

NRBQ

June 12th, 2011
6:53 pm

Loose spelling + loose grammar = loser.

reckingball

June 12th, 2011
6:55 pm

I’m excited!!!!!!!!
A win is a win, sadsack.

Braves Juggernaut Rolls On!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! — —– —–Go Braves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

June 12th, 2011
6:56 pm

Aslo why the love 4 Haywood? He always injrued and he seems 2 be a mammas boy.

dawg4u

June 12th, 2011
7:10 pm

It is good times right now to be a Braves fan. Uggla is starting to hit a little and we have won six straight! We are two games behind the Phillies and I thought Soto had hit a two run homer off of Madson in the 9th only to see the ball go foul which later insured a Phil’s win over the Cubs to take three out of four. I am still concerned about our hitting with only five today but hopefully Uggla continues to progress. Our pitching staff from starters to closers has been lights out!

Stan the Man

June 12th, 2011
7:17 pm

We get Uggs hitting again, look out Philly.

Heisenberg

June 12th, 2011
7:18 pm

I do not care that Houston has a bad pitching staff. Braves have a habit making guys like that look like CY candidates. That is how the Philly won division last year…by beating up on who you are supposed to beat up on.

As for McOut, he can be 4th or 5th OF when he comes back. JS is better defensively and is beginning to look like the lead-off hitter missing since Raffy defected.

If this is what it takes to get Uggla going, leave him in 2 hole and put Prado 5th when he comes back.

banjovie

June 12th, 2011
7:20 pm

After tomorrow’s win in Huston the Braves can quote Eric Cartman, “Screw you guys, I’m goin’ home!”. Then come home and win some more!!!!!

SooSorryTP

June 12th, 2011
7:21 pm

Two teams recently fired their batting coaches Remember the expression good luck in 3″s ??

jim

June 12th, 2011
7:29 pm

tp isn’t the batting coach

Brave New World

June 12th, 2011
7:35 pm

Welcome back, Dan.

Brave New World

June 12th, 2011
7:36 pm

NRBQ June 12th, 2011 6:53 pm
Loose spelling + loose grammar = loser.

Well said, NRBQ

SooSorryTP

June 12th, 2011
7:42 pm

jim NEVER said he was but takes help from Chipper’s dad to help him etc

tim

June 12th, 2011
7:52 pm

Don’t get all excited because the $62million man had a couple of hits. Allow me to use a couple of old cliches “if frogs had wings they wouldn’t bump their ass” even a blind squirrel can find an acorn in the woods every now and again. I got more but we’ll save them for later.

old time bravo fan

June 12th, 2011
7:58 pm

I’ve been a fan of the Braves since the late 70’s. Hayward and Freeman reminds me of Dale Murphy and Bob Horner. Although J-Hay isn’t as vocal and extravert, both of them hit a HR in his first major league game. Freeman, so far, seems to remind me of Murphy, a quiet leader. I sure hope J-Hay won’t be as injury-prone as Horner was – so far not too promising…

AK Braves fan

June 12th, 2011
8:03 pm

@ Brave New World and NRBQ: He is obviously joking!

[...] couple multiple hit games and a home run today. Unlike Gardner, his slump did spill into April, but Uggla admitted after today that he is feeling more comfortable because of the way he’s taking [...]

John10:10

June 12th, 2011
8:18 pm

Schaefer is providing a much-needed spark.

Ronald Millsaps

June 12th, 2011
8:19 pm

Fredi Gonzalez managed Uggla in Florida as well as here this season, so you’d think he’d have been more astute and aggressive in dealing with this slump. However, he has made an EXTREMELY-wise adjustment in getting Uggla up in the order. Now, please keep him there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Interestingly, Uggla tied for the team lead in homers today before McCann grabbed the lead back. Uggla already has more clutch hits for the team than Mark Teixeira and Gary Sheffield combined probably ever got.)

Dan: Forget about your average and what the best average you can attain for the SEASON is. Again, forget about it. It’s irrelevant to the present.

Atlanta needs to keep Uggla at “two”, a la Jayson Werth’s batting in the same slot in Philadelphia. Schafer-Uggla’s an interesting, “ambush” approach, as opposed to the usual “dominoes-stacking” approach.”

Keep Venters at closer.

Keep Schafer in CF and probably at leadoff also, definitely in CF.

Ronald Millsaps

June 12th, 2011
8:22 pm

By the way, this race is quickly becoming a two-team one. Atlanta quickly has gained a five-game lead on Florida and is only two back of Philadelphia, a team that’s not as good as advertised. Moving Uggla in front of Chipper never should’ve taken this long; the blame for the slump is far from being on his shoulders only, but now he’s up in the order where he belongs, so, again, keep him there.

I wouldn’t be shocked if the Braves’ winning streak is intact a week from today; they’re playing their best ball in some time.

bruce mac

June 12th, 2011
8:24 pm

Looser = loser. What are you watching idiot, Braves have second best record in National League, I guess they are supposed to win every game. Please go back to the Phillies blog where you morons belong.

Ronald Millsaps

June 12th, 2011
8:27 pm

I swear; there’s not much altruism in the world. People marked out excessively over Heyward’s “welcome to the show” homer and now are throwing the book at him for his daring to be injured. These people likely are the same ones who think athletes are overpaid and that the Oprah Winfreys of the world deserve their salaries and who think athletes are supposed to drop what they’re doing to come sign autographs for their bratty kids.

Younger Than That Now

June 12th, 2011
8:28 pm

Say what you will and put however you want to, but I will say this… Dan Uggla is on a HITTING STREAK!!!

GO BRAVES!!!

Brave New World

June 12th, 2011
8:30 pm

Thanks, bruce mac.

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 12th, 2011
8:33 pm

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

June 12th, 2011
8:42 pm

The guy has 1 good game and U all are writing him in 4 hall of fame. Lets see him do this in September. Lets see how far out of fist place the Braves R in september.

pLUTO

June 12th, 2011
9:23 pm

You’re just some troll, posting asinine, poorly developed “thoughts” in hopes of getting a rise from the crowd. You’re not responding to the comments in the blog; you’re responding something in your head loosely based on what’s in the blog. You really just ought to STFU.

pLUTO

June 12th, 2011
9:23 pm

And it worked. You got a rise out of me.

Loosing ManaGAR = LOSER

June 12th, 2011
9:26 pm

@Loosing Managar = Loosing Record: He be losing at spelling things correctly. He also be bad at assessing baseball trends. Maybe he need to spend some mo’ time in da classroom, and less time watching bayball.

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

June 12th, 2011
9:31 pm

Let’s slow down with this getting on a roll talk. Our Bravos did it before before going to Arizona and L.A. only to get b#@ch slapped by both teams. Plus we are talking about a horrible Astros and a desending Marlins team. Let wait until we win a few more before we start parading that our Bravos have overcome all their obstacles. Th ey have a history of letting us down.

Braves fan

June 12th, 2011
9:37 pm

I said it before,and i will say it again,rem the fla series,the sweep?This is what turned it around.I also said dan would break out of his slump in fla,and hit 2 hrs.He will hit one tomorrow as braves will sweep fla.21 runs in 3 games,only team better is boston.

EDIMGIAFAD

June 12th, 2011
9:37 pm

Uggla needs to keep this up for basically the rest of the season, for the amount of money he is making this year. I don’t care about what he has done in the past, it wasn’t for the Braves.

Ando

June 12th, 2011
9:40 pm

Man I wish TP was still the batting coach so that I could read about how the Braves lead over the Phils would be 10 gms if only he know what he was doing>>>>LOL….Careful what you ask for. Ultimately, players have to be willing to be “coached” and stop listening to “fans” and their peeps!!! Go Braves!!!!

Braves fan

June 12th, 2011
9:41 pm

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

June 12th, 2011
9:31 pm

JUST SO U KNOW BRAVES ALSO HAD A 6 GAME WIN STREAK FROM MAY1-6 SO THIS IS NOTHING KNEW ,AND UGGLA WAS NOT HITTING THEN,WATCH AND SEE FAIR WEATHER FAN.IF PHILLY WAS THAT GOOD WHY NO SWEEP AGAINST THE CUBS?THEY R THE 2ND WORSE TEAM IN NL.

Braves fan

June 12th, 2011
9:43 pm

EDIMGIAFAD

June 12th, 2011
9:37 pm
CHIPPER
HUDSON
LOWE

ALL ARE MAKING MORE THAN UGGLA CHECK YOUR FACTS BEFORE YOU COMMENT

Braves fan

June 12th, 2011
9:47 pm

Derek Lowe $15,000,000
2 Chipper Jones $14,000,000
3 Dan Uggla $9,146,942
4 Tim Hudson $9,000,000
5 Nate McLouth $7,000,000
6 Brian McCann $6,700,000
7 Scott Linebrink $5,500,000
8 Jair Jurrjens $3,250,000
9 Martin Prado $3,100,000
10 Alex Gonzalez $2,500,000
11 Peter Moylan $2,000,000
12 David Ross $1,625,000
13 Eric Hinske $1,350,000
14 George Sherrill $1,200,000
15 Eric O’Flaherty $895,000
16 Jason Heyward $496,500
17 Tommy Hanson $456,500
18 Kris Medlen $429,500
18 Jonny Venters $429,500
20 Brooks Conrad $427,250
21 Craig Kimbrel $419,000
21 Cristhian Martinez $419,000
23 Brandon Beachy $416,500
24 Freddie Freeman $414,000
24 Brandon Hicks $414,000
24 Matt Young $414,000

I STAND CORRECTED UGGL MAKING 146,000 MORE THAN HUDSON,HERE R U FACTS

Braves fan

June 12th, 2011
9:50 pm

Now u see why hicks,and young were called up?They both made the opening day roster,that is why constanza is in AAA for u geniuses .

Braves fan

June 12th, 2011
9:52 pm

and yes lets not forhet kk 7million contract also

Reid in EAV

June 12th, 2011
9:59 pm

Loosing Managar: is English your first language? Sure doesn’t seem like it. Baseball isn’t your first language either.

dre

June 12th, 2011
10:00 pm

Has the baseball season begun yet? Yawwwwnn

Vegas Jay

June 12th, 2011
10:08 pm

Hey “Loosing” at least if you are going to keep ripping the Braves learn how to spell. I think the word you are intending to use is “losing”, but quite honestly as stupid as some of your “insights” are you simply may not recognize the difference. Seek out a local 1st grader and get some help. It’s painfully obvious you are an idiot. Cashed several nice tickets this week thanks to the boys and I’ll keep laughing at your stupid ass all the way to the bank. Go Braves! .

dre

June 12th, 2011
10:08 pm

I wouldn’t be so quick to pick on Loosing Managar’s spelling. You’re the pinheads who are sniffing the jocks of pro baseball players, a collective group of Oakley-wearing redneck clone morons who privately mock you for paying their salaries.

EDIMGIAFAD

June 12th, 2011
10:21 pm

Braves Fan – I was not comparing Uggla to other Braves (reread my note). Chipper is worth every penny – period. Even if one believes that Chipper is not playing this year up to what he is being paid, what he has done before makes what they are paying him worth it. Lowe, while not having a great season is having an okay season and he isn’t in the bottom of the league. Uggla is so far below the Mendoza line that the $9M+ just is not fair value. McLouth has been too hurt and McCann is underpaid. After that, there isn’t really a comparison.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

June 12th, 2011
10:37 pm

dre U R so rite. These guys hear dont talk baseball insted they rather call me names. Bunch of innernet tuff guys. Im not ascared.

funGUY

June 12th, 2011
11:07 pm

dre, you sound like someone who needs a hobby. thats what baseball fans are. hobbyists. some people collect stamps, some people build models, some watch sports, and some people go onto blog sites and whine about things that doesnt really matter in the first place :)

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

June 12th, 2011
11:08 pm

So funguy R U whining 2? LOLOLOL

funGUY

June 12th, 2011
11:09 pm

oh, and some of them wear ray bans ;)

funGUY

June 12th, 2011
11:10 pm

does it sound like im complaining? i was simply pointing out facts about hobbies. have a nice evening

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

June 12th, 2011
11:22 pm

So U 2 have the same hoby than. U should keep 2 ur self and leaf us alone.

Baseball

June 12th, 2011
11:32 pm

SHUT UP DOB you’re gonna jinx him!!!!!!

Joshua

June 12th, 2011
11:55 pm

Moving Uggla in front of Chipper never should’ve taken this long; the blame for the slump is far from being on his shoulders only, but now he’s up in the order where he belongs, so, again, keep him there.

========

So the guy who perennially hits 30 HRs and 100 RBIs “belongs” in the 2 hole? Brilliant.

wjones

June 13th, 2011
12:03 am

“Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

June 12th, 2011
11:22 pm
So U 2 have the same hoby than. U should keep 2 ur self and leaf us alone.”

Why don’t you take your own advice? Or make like a leaf and set yourself on fire?

wayn-o

June 13th, 2011
12:13 am

Really people? His name is Heyward. NOT Hayward. NOT Heywood. you guys sound like idiots when you can’t even spell a players name.

reckingball

June 13th, 2011
12:53 am

The Braves are on a ROLL !!!
GO BRAVES!!

reckingball

June 13th, 2011
1:03 am

Sometimes, Bryan Jordan calls Heyward, “Haywood”.
He did it again, Sat. night.
But that’s okay, I like Jordan’s commentary on the team.

reckingball

June 13th, 2011
1:10 am

@9:31…………I don’t care who they beat, a win is a win.
If you think that they are headed for a losing skid, then my advice is to enjoy it, while they ARE on a ROLL, Mr. Half-empty.

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]

wjones

June 13th, 2011
6:16 am

“reckingball

June 13th, 2011
1:10 am
@9:31…………I don’t care who they beat, a win is a win.
If you think that they are headed for a losing skid, then my advice is to enjoy it, while they ARE on a ROLL, Mr. Half-empty.”

I couldn’t agree more, Reckingball. Can you see some of these guys on their wekking day? “Gee, honey, I know we’re happy now, but I know it’s not gonna last…”

BravesFan

June 13th, 2011
7:53 am

Loosing Manager is obviously misspelling his words on purpose to get a rise out of others… Ignore him. As for the Braves, I like the direction of the team. Should at worst win the wild card, hopefully the division.

reckingball

June 13th, 2011
8:07 am

That guy is ‘joe tess’s fish house’, he pollutes the Falcon blogs.

alex

June 13th, 2011
8:10 am

Thanks for discussing baseball,reckingball,
Will be there tommarrow, hope the winning continues

Joe Tess Fish House

June 13th, 2011
8:12 am

I bring qualty discussion 2 the Flacons blogs. U R anoter of those that rather pick on peeple then discuss the topic on hand.

Haywood is a mammas boy

June 13th, 2011
8:14 am

I bet mammas boy miss half the season cuz he is a mammas boy

Chris

June 13th, 2011
9:49 am

whaaa?? Linebrink making 5.5 mil? That’s…wow. I want to shake his agent’s hand.

reckingball

June 13th, 2011
10:18 am

Braves pay a lesser portion of his $5.5 mil salary.

Doug

June 13th, 2011
10:34 am

Uggla is in the “two hole” because Schafer has 7sb and adds some speed to the leadoff spot. Makes me think back to Otis Nixon somewhat, nice seeing someone who can motor in the Braves lineup again.

McLouth, 7 million a season, goes to show what a carrer year (26hrs & 94 rbi) can do for you. I think Schafer has a bigger upside, maybe less power but he can run and he will get on base more than McLouth. The big question is does anyone need McLouth, Atlanta really doesn’t any longer.

Linebrink took Moylans spot at 2.5 times the pay, amazeing!

The Braves and Gonzales have done a nice job keeping up with the Phils but we need another bat so Hinske doesn’t have to play everyday and gets worn down.

Doug

June 13th, 2011
10:37 am

I failed t batting second behind someone who can actually steal bases will give Uggla more fastballs to swing at. Uggla can drive in runs regardless, he just has to hit consistanty.

Fred Macmurray

June 13th, 2011
10:44 am

Enter your comments here

Reality Check

June 13th, 2011
10:50 am

Hard to tell if “Loosing Manager…” is misspelling words on purpose. I suspect that Ebonics is his first language.

Reality Check

June 13th, 2011
10:52 am

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Uggla is indeed coming out of his epic funk.

PMC

June 13th, 2011
11:28 am

If Uggla turns it around and Heyward can get healthy and hit, another bat wouldn’t be critical, though they still could stand a trade for a starting center fielder.

Bruce Chen

June 13th, 2011
11:31 am

The other headline was this…

“Highest Paid Second Basemen in League has Four Hits in Two Games”

DawginLex

June 13th, 2011
11:40 am

Leaf us alone?

I hope you are doing that stuff on purpose????????????

John A.

June 13th, 2011
11:54 am

I for one think athletes are over paid, and they should sign autographs for the bratty kids. Were it not for the bratty kids parents paying admission for those bratty kids these overgrown kids wouldn’t be getting these hugh salaries. DAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

reckingball

June 13th, 2011
11:59 am

It’s Joe Tess.

reckingball

June 13th, 2011
12:07 pm

I think that Uggla is coming out of the drought, and that Heyward will come back hitting.
What the Braves really need, is another pitcher that can be trusted to go into close games in the 7th and 8th innings, and take some of the work load off of the three top guns.
But, that’s just my opinion.

reckingball

June 13th, 2011
12:12 pm

But, if the hitters start scoring runs, and carry some good leads into the late innings, the top guns will not have to be used as much, as they are used now.

Joe

June 13th, 2011
12:12 pm

I am convinced that Uggla went to Chippers dad for some help after seeing what he did for the HOF’r. Even if it was a mental thing, that is all Uggla needs-to make the demons in his head stop talking and saying “swing” at balls in the dirt or off the plate-so maybe he “thinks” he is seeing it better and that is all he needs. After getting healthy on the Astros, and basically having your bench out there starting-I think the Braves are set to make their push and take first before the ASB-getting Freeman going, getting Heyward back and then Prado in a couple of weeks things are looking real good. Only two games back, and the Phills had it easy against the lowly Cubs, now the Marlins come to Philly and we are all Fish fans this week. Let’s gain that half game today and then have a strong home stand and take our rightful spot atop the NL East. This is the Braves division, we own it-we ran things for 14 years straight and now it’s time to take what belongs to us back. Go Braves!

StingerSplash

June 13th, 2011
12:28 pm

How boutcha, Struggla! Stay … lukewarm.

stubioge

June 13th, 2011
12:28 pm

He would probably be playing better if he wasn’t chasing after young girls in Buckhead bars all the time.

[...] Dan Uggla took Brett Myers deep and he got on base eight times over the weekend. Uggla went 2-for-3 on Sunday and may be finally emerging from his epic slump. [...]

Thornton Melon

June 13th, 2011
12:48 pm

Big Deal, Uggla got 4 hits in 2 games. The man is a huge bust both on and off the field. What a terrible free agent signing. It is disgusting that we are going to be stuck with this slob for the next 4 or so years. He should donate 75% of this years salary to charity if this punk can’t get over .200 by years end. He should be embarrassed.

dorothy davis

June 13th, 2011
12:51 pm

If we give Uggla the benifit of the doubt, he will prove he can be a spark plug on this team, but if you keep on his back, you could ruin that. After all, Chipper and McCann have been through those same slumps and thank god, we gave them a chance! As for McLouth, I am afraid his injury has cost him a starting position right now, as Schafer is doing a great job. How can you bench a player that is doing a great job? Only if you are STUPID! McLouth has never had that kind of speed, let alone that arm!!!!!

E.Z. Rider

June 13th, 2011
1:07 pm

Struggling Uggla huh? Do you have a play on words to describe improvement if he gets there?

Mendoza

June 13th, 2011
1:10 pm

I’m not worried about Str-UGGLA yet !

MWC

June 13th, 2011
1:19 pm

Looser/ Joe Tess, Try mixing in a dictionary.

Uggla has looked alot more relaxed at the plate. I’m feeling he’s coming around. I guess were gonna find out the next few games. Go Braves!

Fredi

June 13th, 2011
2:41 pm

Now I got the man hitting. Next I will get him to flex those mighty guns when he swings and the ball will fly like an Eagle.

Fredi

June 13th, 2011
2:43 pm

Because Stone Cold said so……

Fredi

June 13th, 2011
2:44 pm

You can all stop calling him FUggla now……

reckingball

June 13th, 2011
3:41 pm

Nice to have some threads without all of the malcontents doing their whining.
I’m looking for the Braves Juggernaut to keep on rollin tonight.!!

KK

June 13th, 2011
3:43 pm

Now we need KK starting.

Old Dawg Fan

June 13th, 2011
5:23 pm

One good series does not a complete “baseball player” make.
I hope however Uggla continues to improve. Wren spent too much money either way and it would be a shame for him to come in any less than .225 this year.

Haywood is a mammas boy

June 13th, 2011
7:13 pm

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