Matt Holliday and the Cardinals: Do They Really Need Him?
Just before heading to bed last night, I got a "tweet" on Twitter, the new social network, reporting that utility player Mark DeRosa had been acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Let's just say I was too giddy to fall asleep.
DeRosa, in my opinion, is a great fit for the Redbirds.
First off, he can play multiple positions, which will get him bonus points from manager Tony LaRussa.
Secondly, he's a quality hitter to add to the Cardinal lineup.
Now, does that mean he'll be the perfect protection for Pujols?
Possibly, but I'm not making any guarantees.
Lastly, DeRosa is a veteran, but he's not too old (if that makes sense).
Let me explain: Although DeRosa is 34 years old, he can still play with the big boys (as illustrated by his "diving" catch in left this afternoon).
All the Cardinals need to do is make the playoffs and let DeRosa work his magic. DeRosa has hit .350 in the playoffs in his career.
That's better than current STL superstar Albert Pujols.
Wait a minute, how do the Cardinals make the playoffs in the first place?
I'd be happy to answer, but truly, only time will tell.
Let's start off by taking a look at three different scenarios and whether the Cards make the playoffs or not.
Mark Derosa Heats Up
Picture this: Mark DeRosa continually drops bombs over the heads of helpless outfielders, putting more and more numbers on the Cardinal scoreboard.
Not only would Mark DeRosa be smashing the ball, but Albert Pujols (hopefully) would be too.
If DeRosa becomes a dominant clean-up hitter, Pujols will obviously get more and more pitches to hit, and we've seen what he can do with those.
If these two can go absolutely insane for the second half of the season, the Cardinals will undoubtedly make the playoffs.
Albert Pujols Goes Down with Injury
If El Hombre were to spend some time on the DL, you can count on two things:
1. Sightings of John Mozeliak continually weeping.
2. All chances of playoff hopes eliminated.
Cardinals Acquire Matt Holliday
You thought I was ecstatic after the DeRosa trade?
In the words of Bachman Turner Overdrive, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet."
Can you imagine Holliday in STL?
You thought DeRosa was enough; imagine if Holliday was in the four spot behind El Hombre.
I doubt any NL starter would walk away with clean underwear.
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