How odd is Uggla’s streak?

Hitting streaks come mostly due to randomness and good fortune. Think about it: Plenty of hitters wind up with more than 162 hits in a season, averaging more than a hit a game. It stands to reason that every so often a player will put together a run of 30 or so straight games with a hit by chance alone.

We know how well-struck balls sometimes find fielders’ gloves and dribblers sometimes squeak through holes in the infield. Sure, occasionally a guy enjoys a hitting streak when he happens to be going well, but plenty of hitters take an ofer in the midst of a hot stretch due to a bad luck or good discipline, and many times we’ve seen guys lauded for very empty hitting streaks reaching into the double digits.

That’s all a long-winded qualifier to say I don’t put too much stock in Dan Uggla’s current hitting streak except as the entertaining baseball novelty that it is. And Uggla’s run in particular is interesting because Uggla does not profile at all as the type of hitter to produce such a streak. He walks a lot, he strikes out a ton, and he never posts a high batting average.

Using baseball-reference.com and the Daily News‘ complete list of players with 30-game hitting streaks, I compared Uggla’s season and career batting averages to the other men who have hit in at least 30 straight games.

Turns out Uggla is the lowest in both categories — by a wide margin in the former. Of the 32 guys on the list, 26 hit at least .300 for the season.

Player Year Hitting streak Season average Career average
Joe DiMaggio 1941 56 .357 .325
Pete Rose 1978 44 .302 .303
George Sisler 1922 41 .420 .340
Ty Cobb 1911 40 .420 .366
Paul Molitor 1987 39 .353 .306
Jimmy Rollins 2006 38 .277 .272
Tommy Holmes 1945 37 .352 .302
Chase Utley 2006 35 .309 .292
Luis Castillo 2002 35 .305 .290
Ty Cobb 1917 35 .383 .366
Benito Santiago 1987 34 .300 .263
Dom DiMaggio 1949 34 .307 .298
George McQuinn 1938 34 .324 .276
Hal Chase 1907 33 .287 .291
Heinie Manush 1933 33 .336 .330
Rogers Hornsby 1922 33 .401 .358
Vladimir Guerrero 1999 31 .316 .318
Ken Landreaux 1980 31 .281 .268
Rico Carty 1970 31 .366 .299
Willie Davis 1969 31 .311 .279
Sam Rice 1924 31 .334 .322
Nap Lajoie 1906 31 .355 .338
Moises Alou 2007 30 .341 .303
Dan Uggla 2011 30 .220 .258
Andre Ethier 2011 30 .307 .293
Ryan Zimmerman 2009 30 .292 .289
Willy Taveras 2006 30 .278 .274
Albert Pujols 2003 30 .359 .328
Luis Gonzales 1999 30 .336 .283
Sandy Alomar Jr 1997 30 .324 .273
Eric Davis 1997 30 .304 .269
Jerome Walton 1989 30 .293 .269
George Brett 1980 30 .390 .305
Ron LeFlore 1976 30 .316 .288
Stan Musial 1950 30 .346 .331
Goose Goslin 1934 30 .305 .315
Bing Miller 1929 30 .331 .311
Tris Speaker 1912 30 .383 .345

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