I'm not sure why, three years into his St. Louis Cardinals career, we still need to be having this conversation, but as the Redbirds' two veteran outfielders get prepped for Tuesday's 2012 MLB All-Star Game it's worth mentioning: Matt Holliday is arguably having a better season than Carlos Beltran. Since hitting just .215/.277/.376 in April Holliday's been remarkable; he's hitting .358/.442/.580 with 18 doubles, 10 home runs, and, for all the worries about his perceived clutchness, 43 RBI.
This is not to take away from Beltran's own excellent start--only to remind fans who still haven't warmed up to Matt Holliday, for whatever reason, that he's thus far been worth every penny of his seven-year contract. For all the worries about his ability to adjust to life away from Coors Field, he's actually been better in St. Louis, with a career OPS+ of 153, then he was in Colorado (131.)
He's earned his sixth career All-Star appearance--and his third in a row--and he's likely to continue earning these midsummer reminders of his own excellence.