I’ve often had negative things to say about Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla.
As of late, I haven’t had a right to.
While Uggla’s batting average is just .209, he is currently riding a six-game hitting streak, including three multi-hit games, the latest of which was the most impressive, as it saw him bash a pair of solo home runs as part of a 7-2 Braves win over the Cincinnati Reds.
The 33-year-old is 9-for-27 (.333) in May, with three homers and four RBIs this month giving him seven long balls and 12 RBIs on the season. He still has a long way to go before he gets back to All-Star caliber numbers, but Atlanta needed somebody to step up, and he has answered the call.
Other Braves have upped their games as well, two of them being shortstop Andrelton Simmons and first baseman Freddie Freeman, but those are guys you expect to produce on a more consistent basis. Oftentimes any offense that Uggla can give you is viewed as a bonus.
It’s not that Uggla is a bad player because he is anything but. The fact of the matter is that he has not provided the Braves with the same level of production that he gave the Florida Marlins – now known as the Miami Marlins — during his first five seasons in the majors.
Is he finally turning the corner? Is he going to carry the Braves for a while? Is he finally over the rocky honeymoon that his first two years and change in Atlanta have proven to be?
I’m not ready to say that just yet, but right now it’s quite clear that for Uggla, flipping the calendar from April to May flipped some sort of switch.