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Dan Uggla not Living up to Contract

August 25th, 2012 at 11:09 AM
By Cody Fields

It has been a year and a half since Dan Uggla joined the Atlanta Braves, and fans are still waiting on results.

After being acquired from the Florida Marlins in 2011 and signing a five-year, $62 million extension, Uggla, with the exception of a 33-game hit streak last season, has done nothing but flounder. The proof is in the numbers.

Uggla enters Saturday leading the league in walks, second only to Adam Dunn in the Major Leagues. That's about the only positive.

Danny Espinosa is the only National League hitter with more strikeouts than Uggla, but his batting average is still 43 points higher than Uggla's .208 mark he carries.

Uggla has hit just .159 since June 2. A .205 average so far this month isn't much of a positive sign, either.

Braves fans attempted to take solace in the fact that though he struggled most of 2011, at least he set a career high in home runs with 36. With only 15 entering today, there's practically no way he'll approach those numbers either.

He also made two costly baserunning mistakes in the Braves' loss to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, a game they lost by three runs.

On July 4, 2011, Uggla's average stood at .173. Once his hitting streak ended Aug. 14, he hit just .237 in the remaining 42 games last season.

This is more than a trend. It looks like this is what Uggla has turned into. As the king of lazy flyballs and popups, one has to wonder how Fredi Gonzalez has left him in the lineup, even if he's hitting seventh. Even Tyler Pastornicky was hitting .248 when he was sent to the minors.

Make no mistake, Uggla does nothing but hurt the Braves' chances. Stack that with Brian McCann playing through a hurt shoulder and Michael Bourn's recent cool spell, and it looks like September 2011 all over again.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla, MLB

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