Dan Uggla has hit three homers over his last two games, and they were all pretty important to the Atlanta Braves in their quest to salvage a series split with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Even with his sudden outburst, one shouldn't get too excited – Uggla has always raked at Dodger Stadium.
Uggla finished the four-game set by going 5-for-16 (.385) with three homers, six RBIs, three walks and five strikeouts. That seems right up Uggla's alley in regards to being productive. His average has inched up to .193 from .181 at the start of the series.
Fox Sports' Cory McCartney puts this sentiment very well.
"In 16 plate appearances, 10 of them were either a homer, strikeout or walk. So what we saw against the Dodgers, while prolific as Uggla racked up six RBI in the series, was just more of the same — it just included a multi-homer day and three in a 24-hour span."
It's also worth noting that out of stadiums in which Uggla has played 20 or more games, he's only hit better in Busch Stadium than Dodger Stadium. In 27 games in Chavez Ravine, Uggla has hit .303 with six homers and a .930 OPS. It could be that he simply hits well at Dodger Stadium.
It's also possible that Uggla actually is turning it around. He went hitless in June 5's finale with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he had a two-hit game June 4. Those were his first knocks since May 27.
This could be the start of just another Uggla hot streak before his production falls off the map again. Whatever happens, he's currently on pace to strike out over 200 times and his current WAR is -0.2. Neither of those are good,
The Braves need Uggla to provide consistent, positive output to justify his $13 million salary, and they need it quick. By the way, he's still the worst defensive second baseman in the Major Leagues, just for reference.
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