What impact has Matt Holliday had since he came to the Cardinals on July 24? In 50 games since then, the Cardinals are 34-16. Holliday has driven in 49 runs in those 50 games.
No. 49 came in the bottom of the ninth on Friday as Holliday laced a 3-1 fastball the other way into the Cardinals' bullpen in right field to provide the Cardinals with only their second victory in seven games on this home stand.
"He just hit it absolutely perfect, as pure as you can hit it," said manager Tony La Russa.
The magic number, being reduced
two at a time every day the Cardinals can beat the Chicago Cubs, is down to six
now. But Holliday wondered why folks had been fretting after the Cardinals had
lost successive series to
"At some point, you figure were going to lose a few," said Holliday. "I can't believe people expected us to win four out of five games the entire last two months."
Former Cub Mark DeRosa hurt his old team with a run-scoring triple in the fifth inning. DeRosa's three-base hit was his first of the season.
win Friday over
By The Numbers:
Quote To Note:
"It's better to do it right now than at the end of this month, when we're going into something that hopefully we're going into."
—RHP Ryan Franklin, on the Cardinals' week-long swoon a couple of weeks before the playoffs would begin.
RHP Kyle McClellan has had three outings of two hitless innings against the Cubs this year. In his career against the mostly righthanded-hitting Cubs, McClellan has fanned 19 in 16 2/3 innings, including four in two innings Friday.
RHP John Smoltz
had his fifth straight good start since being plucked from
"I don't feel I'm on an audition," said Smoltz. "They got me here to pitch and pitch big games."
RHP Kyle Lohse,
who had been plagued by a recurrence of his forearm problem, threw a bullpen
session and is targeted to pitch either Monday or Tuesday in
3B Troy Glaus (pulled left oblique muscle) was injured Sept. 12 and did not play Sept. 13-16. He is out indefinitely.
RHP Kyle Lohse (sore right forearm) will miss his Sept. 19 start.