Uggla needs torrid clip to avoid lowest average

Uggla needs torrid clip to avoid lowest average

Uggla needs torrid clip to avoid lowest average
ATLANTA -- Dan Uggla's Atlanta-record 33-game hitting streak ended during Sunday's loss to the Cubs, but memories will remain with those who marveled at the feat he began when he was hitting just .173.

Uggla batted .377 (49-for-130) during the hitting streak and raised his batting average to .231 entering Monday's series opener with the Giants. The second baseman joined Joe DiMaggio as the only players to hit at least 15 homers during a streak of at least 30 games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

But Uggla will likely end this season with a batting average lower than that of any Major Leaguer who has enjoyed a streak of at least 30 games.

Willy Taveras owns the distinction of the lowest batting average (.278) in the same season he produced a 30-game hitting streak (2006). If Uggla maintains his current pace, he will end this season with 604 at-bats.

Using this figure, he would have to hit .418 (64-for-153) over the season's final 41 games for a higher average than Taveras' in '06. That would leave him with a .2781 average, slightly better than Taveras' .2778 mark.

Coming out of nowhere to provide consistency and power over a six-week stretch, Uggla helped the Braves keep their heads above water while both Chipper Jones and Brian McCann were on the disabled list. There was a period during which he and teammate Freddie Freeman (20 games) owned the Majors' two longest hitting streaks.

"I think if those guys weren't doing that, we wouldn't be where we are right now," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.