Cardinals' Matt Holliday Approaching 1,000 Career Runs

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJuly 17, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday watches his RBI double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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As the St. Louis Cardinals come out of the All-Star break looking to take over the NL Central, outfielder Matt Holliday needs just one more run to reach 1,000 for his career.

Having already joined the 1,000 RBI club earlier this season, Holliday will soon become the 324th player in MLB history with 1,000 career runs.

His 999 runs rank 21st among active players, and his 11 seasons played are the least of any batter in the top 25.

Though he's been consistently productive for most of his career, the 34-year-old Holliday has shown signs of aging this season, as he comes out of the All-Star break with a .265/.373/.389 slash line.

Despite missing only three of his team's first 96 games, Holliday is on pace for just 10 home runs, after hitting 14 or more in each of his first 10 seasons. The last time he hit fewer than 20 was back in 2005, when he slugged 19 in just 125 games as a second-year player for the Colorado Rockies.

Holliday is one of many Cardinals who are failing to meet expectations at the plate this season, but the 34-year-old outfielder has at least managed to get on base at an impressive .373 clip. Teammate Allen Craig has been the far bigger disappointment, sporting an ugly .244/.293/.355 slash line at the break with no signs of improvement in recent weeks.

Of course, whether or not Craig and Holliday get back to their usual selves, the Cardinals may be able to ride a strong pitching staff and deep talent base to their second straight division title.


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