Slumping Uggla looks to catch fire in seven-hole

Slumping Uggla looks to catch fire in seven-hole

PHILADELPHIA -- When manager Fredi Gonzalez placed Dan Uggla in the seventh spot of his lineup, he was unaware he had done the same thing exactly a year ago when the All-Star second baseman was also in the midst of a bad slump. Now, Gonzalez and Uggla can only hope that history repeats itself.

When Uggla was last positioned in the seventh spot on July 5-6, 2011, he was hitting below .180. The two-hit game he enjoyed against the Rockies on July 5, 2011, marked the start of the Atlanta-record 33-game hitting streak that completely altered his season.

"Why didn't you guys tell me that yesterday so I could have batted him seventh on July 5 again," Gonzalez said when a media member informed him of it on Friday afternoon.

As Uggla prepares for his first start in an All-Star Game on Tuesday, he finds himself in a slump that has progressively become more maddening over the past month. Since his four-hit game in Miami on June 5, he has batted .106 (9-for-85) with three extra-base hits.

Through the Braves' first 82 games, Uggla has batted .225 with 11 home runs, a .355 on-base percentage and a .394 slugging percentage. At this same point last year, he was batting .178 with 12 home runs a .247 on-base percentage and .340 slugging percentage.