Dan Uggla: The Atlanta Braves Second Baseman Has a 30 Game Hitting Streak

Will BrownContributor IAugust 10, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07:  Dan Uggla #26 of the Atlanta Braves connects on a eighth inning single against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 7, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Braves defeated the Mets 6-5.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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For the first three-plus months of this season, Dan Uggla couldn't seem to buy a hit. Now Uggla is basically carrying the offense for the Braves. Coming into Tuesday night's game, Dan Uggla had a 29-game hitting streak.

On Tuesday night, Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak 30 games, one away from tying the franchise record.

During this streak, Uggla has hit .338 with 14 homers. Very impressive considering where Uggla was prior to the streak.

About a week prior to the streak starting, Uggla made an adjustment to move closer to the plate. Prior to that, pitchers consistently threw the ball away from Uggla. This caused him to roll over on pitches constantly which continued to bring his average farther and farther down.

Despite the fact that he was struggling, Uggla continued to hustle and play his best on defense. He ran out every single ground ball and did it at full speed. Uggla was being a leader despite the fact that he wasn't doing everything as well as he wanted to at the plate.

Now though, Uggla can do no wrong.

He has come up with every big hit in the last couple of weeks and his power has really gotten back up to the level it was at when he was a Florida Marlin. He has hit nine homers since the All-Star Break. If he the Braves can get their pitching back to its first-half level and Uggla can continue anything close to the pace he has put up during this streak, the Braves have to like their chances to make the playoffs.

Over the next couple of nights, the projected starters Uggla will be facing are Anibal Sanchez, Carlos Zambrano, Randy Wells, Matt Garza and Madison Bumgarner. If Uggla can get a hit in all of these games, Uggla will have his hit streak up to 35, and that will be in pretty big territory for sure.

If Uggla's streak ends tomorrow night, than it was still something to be extremely proud of. Coming into this series, Uggla's longest career streak was just 12, so he's really done something with this streak.

Uggla was hitting .173 when this streak started and now has it up to .220, that's about as big a jump as anyone could possibly expect this late in the season, and has him safely over the Mendoza Line this point.

All signs are pointing up for Uggla and hopefully he can keep this streak up to at least set the franchise record in just a few days. 

Disclaimer: This won't jinx the hit streak since it gets brought up nearly every at-bat, so no one hate me over that. Thanks.