Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals Red Hot Red Bird

Scott SpradlingContributor IAugust 2, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14: National League All-Star Albert Pujols of St. Louis Cardinals jogs onto the field before the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

The balance of power in the National League Central has definitely shifted to the St. Louis Cardinals. Without a doubt you would have to be blind, if you didn’t realize that this is a direct result of the Cards brilliant trade for Matt Holliday from the Oakland A’s.   

By acquiring Matt Holliday the Cardinals have benefitted in two obvious ways, help, and protection for Albert Pujols. Pujols is widely considered the best player in baseball (and has a legitimate shot for the Triple Crown), but even having the best player in baseball does you no good if the other teams in MLB can just pitch around him.

Matt Holliday has made that difference, and the rest of MLB had better learn their lessons quick! Pitch around Pujols, Holliday singles! Hit Pujols with a pitch, Holliday doubles! Pitch to Holliday, Holliday Homers! National League teams had better sit up and pay attention now because the Cardinals are on their way!

Note of interest:  Since joining the St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday is batting .586 (17 for 29) with a homer and eight RBIs. Holliday has a hit in his first eight games, and no one has done that since Roger Maris in 1967!

So was this the best trade in baseball? Without a doubt I say Yes! Matt Holliday is hottest of the Red Hot Red Birds!