Dan Uggla’s season average sticks out in the Braves boxscore – it was only .177 after a 1-for-4 day on Wednesday. But Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wants the struggling second baseman to focus on what he can do from this day forward, rather than trying to make up for lost time and average.
On Wednesday, it was help the Braves beat Toronto 5-1 with a two-run home run off Jo-Jo Reyes.
“It’s going to be difficult for him from this point on to put up a .275 batting average, but you can’t worry about April and May right now,” Gonzalez said. “He’s going to have start (focusing on) what’s going on from the middle of June forward. I think at the end of the year some of the numbers are going to be right where you want them to be.”
Home runs are about all he’s got going for him right now. Uggla has 10, second among Braves to Brian McCann (13). He knows it.
“Everything is down,” Uggla said. “Average, homers, RBIs, runs scored. It’s just been a bad year for me individually so far. But we still have a long ways to go and we’re still in a great position, standings wise…
“Everybody wants to get their numbers every year and have good years, but I’m past that point. I want to win championships and we’ve got what it takes to make that happen in this clubhouse.”
Uggla said he’s not worried about average at this point as much as helping the team produce runs.
“Whether I end up at .180 or .250, as long as my run production is more consistent throughout the rest of the season, that’s all I’m worried about,” he said.