Braves’ Uggla, Kimbrel win NL awards for August

PHILADELPHIA – Dan Uggla capped a personal worst-to-first in-season turnaround with a National League player of the month award Tuesday, and Craig Kimbrel made it a record streak of Braves NL rookie award winners.

Uggla won his first-ever player of the month honors after hitting .340 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs in August, and Kimbrel was named NL rookie of the month after converting 10 of 10 August save opportunities with 23 strikeouts and four walks in 12-2/3 scoreless innings.

For Uggla, it’s been an unforgettable ride from a career-worst first half. He lugged a league-worst .173 average on July 4, the day before he began a 33-game hitting streak in which he hit .340 with 15 homers, 32 RBIs and a 1.200 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

“Getting player of the month, that’s pretty cool,” Uggla said.  “I’m appreciative of it. That’s not what I’m concerned about, individual stuff. But from the slow start to where I am right now, that’s a pretty cool accomplishment.”

He entered Tuesday with a .237 average and 32 home runs, two homers behind league leader Albert Pujols and one from matching Uggla’s career best set in 2010 with Florida.

For Kimbrel, the NL rookie award is his second in three months. He’s the 10th NL rookie to win the award at least twice in a season, beginning with Pujols in 2001.

“I’d trade both of [the awards] to help us get through the playoffs,” said Kimbrel, who led the majors with 42 saves before Tuesday. “I feel good. I feel like I’m getting stronger as the season goes on.”

Before Tuesday he hadn’t allowed a run in 37 appearances since June 14, a remarkable streak in which Kimbrel gave up 13 hits and 11 walks with 65 strikeouts in 36-2/3 innings. It’s the longest scoreless stretch in the majors this season.

The Alabama native had at least two strikeouts in each of his past 10 appearances, another major league record (for appearances lasting one inning or less). Before his current streak, the record was seven such appearances in a row in one season, shared by Kimbrel (2010), Billy Wagner (2007) and Matt Mantei (1999).

Teammate Freddie Freeman was won the NL rookie award in July, making the Braves the first NL team ever to win the award in three consecutive months. Three American League teams have also done it (Seattle in 2001, Kansas City in 2007, and Detroit last season).

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September 6th, 2011
7:47 pm

Harrison Dangler

September 6th, 2011
7:53 pm

Sweet like meat!

deja vu

September 6th, 2011
7:55 pm

Put Kimbrel on all those Cox teams and they’d have 5 more rings.

McCmann and Aqua Hoss

September 6th, 2011
7:55 pm

Whats the record for longest reliever scoreless streak? I’m assuming Gagne owns that won with 50 plus innings

Bama Brave

September 6th, 2011
8:11 pm

Kimbrel is your rookie of the year!

Ronald Millsaps

September 6th, 2011
8:42 pm

To continue bashing unprofessionalism, who works for FSS in terms of updating counts, etc.? On Sunday, the person in question frequently got the count wrong and once was ready to end the inning after two outs, and I only watched about a third of the game. Pay attention, people!

Roy Halladay’s the best pitcher in the National League, huh? He might not be the best pitcher on his team, as we saw again last night. Cliff Lee is dominant, and he’s not like another tall, hard-throwing lefty (Randy Johnson), who relied on headhunting and the threat thereof as part of his arsenal. Too bad no one ever charged the mound and taught that miserable piece of white trash a well-needed lesson.

Kimbrel for rookie of the year? He makes a great case; I’m still going with Freeman.

Caught a slight bit of an exchange this morning between Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. The former asked the latter why he defended Brett Favre’s distracting his team but didn’t defend Chad Johnson, Randy Moss, or Terrell Owens for doing so. I have had a lot of respect of Smith, but I lost a lot with that particular question. Indeed, Favre doesn’t carry himself like they do, to his credit, so Smith needs to drop his snide implications. He also said Favre sabotaged Tarvaris Jackson’s career. Oh, really? The quarterback position is extremely mental, and Jackson apparently opted not to do his homework and opted instead to rely on his physical prowess, as he never looked mentally ready on the field. I’m no huge fan of Aaron Rodgers, but at least he apparently paid attention and took the opportunity to learn from one of the best, if not the best. If sitting behind Favre sabotaged Jackson’s career, why didn’t it do so to Rodgers? Your argument just got exposed, Stephen A..


September 6th, 2011
9:51 pm

“I’d trade both of [the awards] to help us get through the playoffs”

Oh Christ. Just accept the f***ing award. Get over yourself for one second man. You’re playing a fricking 162 game schedule and you can’t take a step back for one second. We’re not asking you to bring the team down. Is it that hard just to say thanks and not have to throw in a disclaimer

Ronald Millsaps

September 6th, 2011
10:46 pm

Jason– Don’t say “oh Christ”, and watch your other language also.

Ironic how saying “geez”, “omg”, and “for Christ’s sake” is considered, simply, par for the course but that, for example, speaking the truth about Islam can get the book thrown at you. Of course, this world is not of God; neither is human nature, and neither is the apathy of the typical “Christian”, which accommodates the aforementioned agenda.

Ronald Millsaps

September 6th, 2011
10:48 pm

Justin Verlander for AL Cy Young and MVP. Cliff Lee for NL Cy Young. Freddie Freeman for Rookie of the Year (though I’m about to flip to Kimbrel). Matt Kemp for NL MVP. Lance Berkman unquestionably for Comeback Player of the Year.

Tarli Chrippi

September 7th, 2011
8:46 am

Oh Christ — last I checked it was a public blog, a.k.a. an open forum where one has the privelage to speak his/her mind on a particular subject — in this case the subject being baseball. Somehow you’ve just managed to turn a baseball commentary into what will most assuredly result in religious debate. Thanks moron. Or, can I not say moron?

Heathcliff Slocum

September 7th, 2011
9:30 am

Add one name to the note above about post season awards. While Lance Berkman is a shoo-in in the NL, the AL award will surely go to ex-Brave Casey Kotchman hitting a cool .316 with a .999 fielding percentage for Tampa Bay.

Daddy Bean

September 7th, 2011
12:37 pm

JA SON Get your dad to take you to a game?STEPING BACK for 1 second?? The braves are a MARKETING COMPANY TEAM!!!THE SUITS will have him for HOURS before and after the game that he gets the Award.Most players have a ROUTING before and after games to be READY For 13 Batters Playing each 136games the last 26 games he needs to be ready for twice as many Batters.LETS hope It doesn’t happen till after the WORLD SERIES?


September 7th, 2011
5:35 pm

Kimbrel’s biggest save this year: Fred G’s job.

But for the record number of saves, the Braves would not be in a position to grab the wild card spot.

Uggla’s biggest hit this year: Lance’s job.

If Uggla had not pulled out of the slump and hit 30 home runs, Lance would be history.

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