There were positives and negatives alike in the first game of the Atlanta Braves season. One positive for sure was the night Dan Uggla had. After a dismal season for him last year, Uggla is feeling some pressure to display the type of power he was accustomed to when the Braves brought him over. Granted, 19 homers isn’t too shabby for a second baseman but it is for Uggla when combined with the low .200’s batting average and extremely low OPS.
Uggla was 1 for 3 with one homer and one walk on the night. That equates to a .333 average going into game two but it still is only one hit. What is the big deal then? Why does it matter? It matters because Uggla has repeatedly said that he feels great this year. He feels that this is the year he will bounce back to the thirty plus homers that he averaged in a Miami Marlins (then Florida Marlins) uniform. When a veteran like Uggla feels good about his work and his bat going into the year, then he blasts the first pitch he sees well over the wall, that is a good sign.
Basically it only boosts Uggla’s already positive outlook on the season. That cannot be a bad thing. Any encouragement or confidence boost clearly is a great addition to Uggla’s year. Now going into game two against a tough pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in Roy Halladay, Uggla feels confident and wants to go out and prove for another game that he is back on track in 2013. In the end we will have to see how it goes but so far things are looking very positive for Uggla to have a very good season and finally return to the potential he knows he still has.