Two days ago, Matt Holliday had two home runs with runners on base. As of right now—my watch has 1:35 AM, but I'm in the Pacific TIme Zone tonight—he has four home runs with runners on base.â†µ
- He can only hit with Brendan Ryan or Skip Schumaker on base. Brendan Ryan, a famously charismatic, undoubtedly charming, possibly caring individual, uses his winning smile to soothe Holliday's RISP anxieties. Skip Schumaker is a handsome man, and (part B) Matt Holliday is famously nervous around women; he can only hit when they're all distracted by the Cardinals' preening second baseman. â†µ
- Matt Holliday can only hit against former teams; he hasn't yet played the Rockies, so we have something to look forward to. â†µ
- Holliday's struggles, while frustrating and damaging to the Cardinals' postseason prospects to this point, might be less permanent than, say, Mount Everest, or Aaron Miles's inability to hit anybody. â†µ
There's still six and a half years for Matt Holliday to disappoint this team, its fanbase, and the members of his favorite band, Creed, but his astoundingly terrible start with runners on base isn't how he's going to do it. If he plays poorly it'll show across all of his numbers—either that or the Cardinals, if they think on their feet, will have the best power-hitting leadoff man of all time.