Scout Hot Sheet Aug. 25-31: Matt Holliday

Matt Holliday's rampage against the Cubs helps St. Louis rise to the top of the NL Central Division.

No one has driven in more runs in a week this season than Matt Holliday, as the St. Louis Cardinals left fielder drove in 13 thanks to two doubles, four home runs and a 10-for-27 week at the dish.

Holliday hit .370 over the past seven days, ranking fourth in the major leagues in OPS with a 1.322 mark. Holliday also led all of baseball in total bases, was second in extra-base hits and home runs and scored five runs, as St. Louis went 3-4.

The Redbirds may have had a slow week, but Holliday and the Cardinals both came alive in a four-game set with the rival Chicago Cubs. After dropping the first two games of the series – a 7-2 decision on Aug. 29 and the first half of Saturday’s doubleheader (necessitated by a postponed game on May 14) 5-1, St. Louis blasted the Cubs 13-2 on Saturday evening, and then 9-6 on Sunday, with Holliday leading the way.

Holliday went 2-for-3 in the nightcap, scoring two runs and driving in five runs with two homers – one a two-on, two-out job in the fifth inning, and another solo job in the eighth. The first longball broke a 1-1 tie, and the second led off a nine-run eighth inning.

On Sunday, Holliday went yard in another crucial situation, putting the Cardinals on the board after St. Louis had gone down by five runs. With an RBI double in a three-run fifth, Holliday helped the Cards draw ever closer, and then broke a tie himself in the eighth with a two-run single. The two wins to finish the series helped St. Louis move into a tie for first place in the National League Central, a tie broken on Monday when yet another Brewers loss and a Cardinals win spelled a change atop the standings.

Previous Players of the Week
Aug. 18-24: Duda
Aug. 11-17: Dickerson
Aug. 4-10: Hardy
July 28-Aug. 3: Kemp/Gardner
July 21-27: Santana
July 14-20: Trout
June 30-July 6: Werth
June 23-29: Altuve
June 16-22: Kershaw
June 9-15: McCutchen
June 2-8: Beltre
May 26-June 1: Encarnacion
May 19-25: Wainwright
May 5-May 11: Smith
April 28-May 4: Tulowitzki
April 21-27: Abreu
April 14-20: Morneau
April 7-13: J. Upton
March 31-April 6: Stanton

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