Note of the night/Stat of the day, Sept. 28

Note of the night: Don’t look now, but Matt Holliday is having, well, a Matt Holliday kind of season. 

His slash lines:
2008: 321/409/538
2009: 313/394/515
2010: 313/389/539
That’s almost eerily consistent. Of course, he didn’t just hit 310/390/540 every week of the season. He’s come on extremely strong lately, including a 378/486/633 line in September. It started a bit ugly, but the end result is going to be exactly what the Cardinals signed up for.
Somewhat like Albert Pujols, Holliday is a bit reluctant to talk about trends. But he acknowledged that things are going well lately.
“I’ve had a pretty good month,” he said. “I don’t know what the numbers are. I feel like I’ve driven some runs in. It’s so day-to-day to me that I don’t really look at periods. But I feel good.”
Rather than the numbers, Holliday pointed to how he’s getting them.
“I feel like I’m seeing the ball well and hitting the fastball up the middle and pulling the offspeed,” he said. “Those are my points, trying to hit hard balls through the middle of the field, and if an offspeed pitch hangs, pull it.”
Stat of the day: After a 1-for-19 start to his big league career, Allen Craig has hit. Since the All-Star break, he’s at 286/333/468 in the Major Leagues (and, of course, crushing when he’s been down at AAA). 

I remain a Craig believer. I think he can hit, and I think he will hit at the big league level.

Fun with double situational splits: When Albert Pujols leads off an inning at home this year, he’s 20-for-42 (.476) with six walks, five strikeouts and eight extra-base hits, for a .542 on-base percentage and a .905 slugging percentage.

And, finally, the playlist:
I’ve been listening to the Drive-By Truckers pretty much incessantly lately, but an all-DBT playlist will have to wait until Saturday or Sunday in honor of their upcoming show at the Pageant. So instead, y’all get to take the reins tonight. Five suggestions from Twitter followers (@MatthewHLeach) are listed below:
Pearl Jam, “Do the Evolution”
Otis Redding, “Dock of the Bay”
Avett Brothers, “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise”
Mike Doughty, “I Hear the Bells”
The National, “Available”
-M.

6 Comments

I hope you’re right about Allen Craig. As you say, he has hit everywhere he has played, except for St. Louis, and the last month has been a great deal more successful for him. At the same time, P.J. Walters has also been successful everywhere HE has played except St. Louis — and there is little reason to believe he will ever be a successful major-league pitcher. There’s a big difference between hitters and pitchers, though, so some reasonable optimism about Craig still looks justified.

Any news on Adam Wainwright, Matthew? If the injury really is a forearm strain, it’s good news/bad news. The good news is that it’s not a UCL. The bad news … well, look at Kyle Lohse.

You know a lot of music – but I AM THRILLED that you realize how incredible the DBT are. Ever listened to The Dirty South?
We ain’t never gonna change has to be the greatest song ever!

where do you see carlos martinez starting at next season?

where do you see carlos martinez playing next year?

I feel that Holliday should consider changing his off season workout program as it appears (to my observation) to take Holliday a good two months of regular season play for his muscles to work well enough to hit a major league baseball. Football strength sometimes does not equate well with the skills needed to hit a baseball.

I feel that Holliday should consider changing his off season workout program as it appears (to my observation) to take Holliday a good two months of regular season play for his muscles to work well enough to hit a major league baseball. Football strength sometimes does not equate well with the skills needed to hit a baseball.

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