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Molina: 2-for-14, 2 RBI, .143 BA
Suzuki: 1-for-11, 1 RBI, .091 BA
Arguably two of the best defensive catchers in the game of baseball, both Yadier Molina and Kurt Suzuki have so far been quiet in the postseason with their bats.
While Suzuki is a strong defender, there is little dispute that Molina is the best defensive catcher in the game today.
Offensively, the contrast is much stronger. During the postseason, neither has been very successful so far, but during the regular season Molina was a force to be reckoned with.
Molina (.315/22 HR/76 RBI) has come out of his shell over the last two seasons. Suzuki (.235/6 HR/43 RBI) isn’t comparable offensively.
With that said, Suzuki did a fantastic job on Sunday of catching a wild Gio Gonzales. There’s a strong argument that his skill behind the plate in Game 1 likely saved the game for the Nationals by preventing wild pitches that would have resulted in more Cardinals runs.
In the end, Molina still has the edge due to his combination of solid offense and defense.