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Cardinal advent calendar, Day 25: Matt Holliday

PA/BF B-Ref Shortcut Name Contract Status 2013 Stat Best Known For
602 m hollid Signed through 2016, with team option for 2017 0.80 BB/K, a career-high Line-drive home runs

When the big guy is confident, he’s a scary hitter.

David Freese

As a teammate over his Cardinal career of the likes of Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright and Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday has seldom been the team’s best player. But he’s an outstanding and perhaps even underrated second-best. All he has done since coming to St. Louis is … nearly exactly the same thing he did in Colorado. In fact, after five years with each team, he now has a higher OBP (.389) with the Cardinals than with the Rockies (.386). Since he broke into the majors in 2004, Holliday has simply been the best left fielder in baseball, posting the most WAR at the position (46.4) and the seventh-most of any position player during that time. Again in 2013, he played second-fiddle to the team’s most-valuable player, (Matt Carpenter), and in doing so racked up a typical (for him, anyway) campaign: 4.5 WAR, .389 OBP, .490 SLG and passable defense. His fielding is the one component of his game that is showing signs of age, even if his bat is still potent enough to more than offset it. He took his annual trip to the DL in July, when he strained his right hamstring, which both afforded the veteran a chance to rest in the middle of a grinding season as well as a chance for career minor-leaguer Brock Peterson to taste the bigs as Holliday’s occasional replacement. Holliday returned and soon went on a tear in which he posted a .513 OBP and .582 SLG over 18 games … hit a gargantuan home run at Dodger Stadium in the NLCS … had 9.0% swinging strike rate, 26th in NL

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