With a first inning single Wednesday night in Miami, Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 31 games — matching the longest streak in team history — as the Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Florida Marlins.
Atlanta’s offseason acquisition of the perennial 30-homer middle infielder was lauded as one of the best moves of the offseason, but Uggla’s early production was a far cry from what the Braves thought they were getting.
During the streak, Uggla is hitting .345, yet his season average is still a paltry .224. But with 12 home runs and 27 RBI over the last month, he’s heating up at just the right time for a team looking to lock up the NL wild card if the Philadelphia Phillies prove too difficult to catch in the NL East.
Uggla’s streak is the longest in the majors this season and matched Rico Carty’s 31-game streak for the Atlanta Braves in 1970. The Braves franchise record is held by Tommy Holmes who hit safely in 37 consecutive games for the Boston Braves in 1945.
According to Baseball Almanac, there are 54 hit streaks of 30 games or longer in Major League Baseball history. Only 10 players have hit safely in 36 or more consecutive games.
The Braves are off Thursday, which prompted manager Fredi Gonzalez to jokingly propose sending his second baseman down to the minors to keep his bat blazing.
“Let’s find a game for him to play tomorrow so he can stay hot. We’re going to send him to Gwinnett or Mobile or one of those places so he can keep swinging it.”