On May 21 of this year, the Atlanta Braves beat the Anaheim/L.A. Angels 5-4. Dan Uggla went 1 for 6 in this game. What is remarkable about this, you ask? As far as I can tell, this is the only time all year that he had a hit in a game and actually lowered his batting average. In this case, it went down from .190 to .189. In other words, in every other game this year in which Dan Uggla has done so much as getting a single hit, it’s been enough to raise his batting average. That’s how bad his BA has been all season.
By comparison, you only have to go back a few days to find an instance in which Freddie Freeman has pulled off this feat. On July 23, he went 1 for 4, lowering his average from .280 to .279.
Okay, now place your bets: will this happen again to Uggla this season? His batting average now sits at .195, but is climbing thanks to a recent hitting streak. If he gets it above .200, he just needs a 1 for 5 day to lower his batting average despite getting a hit. There’s plenty of season left, I say he does it. I’ll say … early September. Because I’m an optimist.