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Dan Uggla needa a more balanced year in 2012.
Dan Uggla's final line on the year was only a little below his career averages—but that doesn't tell the whole story of his season. Uggla was so bad in the first half, following a trade from Florida, that Braves fans were thinking the trade and contract extension had been a mistake.
In the fans' defense, Uggla hit an ugly .185/.257/.365 with 15 homers in his first 92 games in a Braves uniform. Not exactly what fans had envisioned when Uggla was acquired.
Sure, Uggla rebounded over his last 69 games to hit a spectacular .296/.379/.569 with 21 homers and 48 runs batted in, but that still made his season look like the worst season in his six year career. That was despite a career high 36 homers.
For the Braves offense to be balanced, they need Uggla to not only bring his totals back to his career averages of .258/.343/.482, but they also need him to spread out his production over the course of a whole season.
Uggla spreading out his production will help the Braves offense find the consistency they lacked in 2011.
With just a little more offensive consistency, the Braves starting pitching staff will get a little more support. That support, along with the best bullpen in the game, will surely result in more wins.