Last night Matt Holliday put on a clinic hitting a 2B and a grand slam, driving in 4 runs. There has been some quiet murmurers (and not so quiet from fans) from baseball analysts about Holliday’s slow season so far. It was even brought up to Matheny if Holliday should move to the no. 2 spot. What? This the same Matt Holliday with a career batting AVG of .311 and a career OPS of .918. Yes, THAT Matt Holliday.
Now this season Holliday is hitting .264 with a .354 OBP. Pedestrian numbers, sure, but why? His K% is down 3% from last year (14.6%) and his walk percentage is up. His BB/K ratio is actually WELL above his career norm at 0.78. He’s actually got 37 RBI”s which is more than some people expect. He’s actually 3rd on the team in WAR behind Matt Carpenter and Molina.
So… what’s with the BA? The only telling stat is his BAbip. Or his batting avg on balls he hits in play. It’s at .274 compared to a .342 career avg. Matt ALWAYS the ball hard and tends to have a high BAbip. It’s a pretty severe drop, something I don’t see everyday. Guys are getting on in front him like never before and once he gets over this bad luck spell, he’ll really explode.
Look, at the end of the season, his numbers will be there. He’ll end up with 25-28 HR and 90-100 RBI’s. Once baseball stops being funky Holliday will continue to show why he’s in that 3 hole.