Atlanta Braves: Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman Surging

Ross DurrenceCorrespondent IIAugust 4, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 31:  Dan Uggla #26 of the Atlanta Braves steps up to the on-deck circle against the Florida Marlins at Turner Field on July 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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At the beginning of July, no one would claim Dan Uggla as one of the Braves' top hitters.

Well, that was a month ago.

Uggla is currently in the midst of a Major League-leading 25-game hitting streak and has been one of the best hitters on the Atlanta squad.

During his streak, he is hitting an eye-popping .354 with an on-base percentage of .458. To put that in perspective, entering his hitting streak, his batting average and on-base percentage were .173 and .241, respectively.

Even more impressive? Uggla leads all Major Leaguers with 11 home runs during his streak, and has knocked in 23 runs.

However, the Braves second baseman isn't the only player who is knocking the cover of the ball as of late.

Freddie Freeman is also in the midst of a career-high hitting streak of 18 games.

The rookie is hitting a mind-boggling .411 during that stretch with an on-base percentage of .507.

Freeman's recent exploits coupled with Danny Espinosa's struggles have propelled him to the top of the Rookie of the Year race.

He leads all rookies in average, hits, runs, doubles, on-base percentage and on-base plus slugging.  His biggest competition may come 300 feet away in the Braves bullpen, as Craig Kimbrel is posting impressive numbers as well.

With All-Star Brian McCann on the disabled list and Jason Heyward struggling mightily, Uggla and Freeman will need to stay hot for the Braves to win the wildcard. Their lead has been whittled down to two-and-a-half games as the Arizona Diamondbacks have been one of the hottest teams in baseball.

The Philadelphia Phillies appear to be uncatchable, which means it's most likely Wild Card or bust for Uggla, Freeman and the Atlanta Braves.