Given yesterday's entry focused on how Ben Sheets and Jair Jurrjens were going to stabilize the Braves rotation, it seems fitting to spend today analyzing how Dan Uggla will provide the consistency that the lineup needs.

While Jurrjens endured a rough outing last night, Uggla has endured a six-week slump that has grown more concerning as it has progressed. The jury is still out regarding whether he reached a turning point when he homered in the final game before the All-Star break. In the 12 plate appearances tallied in three games since then, he has recorded two singles and drawn three walks.

Since hitting two home runs in a four-hit performance against the Marlins on June 5, Uggla has batted .115 with a .298 on-base percentage and .192 slugging percentage. His .490 OPS during this 32-game span ranks as the third-lowest mark among all Major League players dating back to June 6. The only players with a lower mark are Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (.388) and Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak (.469).

Last year, Uggla batted .173 through his first 86 games last year and then .377 during the 33-game hitting streak that followed. Obviously the same can not be expected again. But the Braves certainly need to soon see some kind of consistency from the veteran second baseman who is in the second year of his five-year $62 million contract.

Here is where Uggla's numbers have stood through the first 87 games of the past two seasons:

2011: .178 BA 13 HRs .250 OBP .344 SLG .594 OPS

2012 : .221 BA, 12 HRs .353 OBP .389 SLG .743 OPS