The ride continues.
Braves infielder Dan Uggla got right to work Saturday against the Cubs, knocking a single to center field in the bottom of the first inning to extend his major league-best hitting streak to 33 games.
Uggla then homered to lead off the fourth inning before getting hit by a pitch in the sixth.
He flied out to left field in the seventh inning, then drew a walk during a failed rally in the ninth, finishing the evening 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Uggla got off to a rough start with the Braves this year, batting just .185/.257/.365 in 374 plate appearances before the All-Star break. But he’s been scorching hot since mid-July and now boasts a rapidly improving .753 OPS. The 31-year-old has also tallied 27 home runs and 61 RBI for Wild Card-leading Atlanta.
Uggla will try to keep the streak rolling in Sunday’s series finale against Cubs righty Matt Garza.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.