When the Oakland A's made a headline this past off-season by trading for Matt Holliday, there was a belief by many A's fans that he would bring that big bat to the lineup that the A's had been lacking.
Not only was Holliday a bitter disappointment, but his lackluster effort on defense and at the plate was just flat-out awful.
When you look at his numbers for the A's, you see a .286 batting average, 11 homers, and 54 RBI. Pretty good numbers for an A's hitter considering how offensively challenged the A's had been in recent memory.
Yet, they weren't decent; far from it. Holliday looked lost at the plate and he swung at fastballs that he normally would have been able to crush. You know it was poor effort by Holliday if Orlando Cabrera could catch up to the fastball and Holliday couldn't.
Now, Holliday did start off slow for the A's, which was understandable because he was coming over from the National League. Yet, his slumps as the season progressed were absolutely unacceptable for a Major League talent like Holliday.
There was a point in time where Holliday went 33 games without a home run and during that time only drove in seven runs.
To make matters worse was his lackadaisical play in the outfield. I'm surprised none of the A's announcers even bothered pointing it out.
Nearly every ball that was hit into the left-field corner, Holliday jogged after it. He didn't put very much effort into getting to the ball.
Of course, if Holliday had been hustling to get to the ball he may have had a chance to throw out the runner, but he didn't.
What's even more embarrassing about his play is the numbers he put up with the Cardinals since he was traded to them. He only played in 63 games for the Cardinals and he put up these numbers:
a .353 batting average, 13 homers, and 55 RBI. So in 30 fewer games, he hit two more homeruns, drove in one more run, raised his batting average nearly 50 points.
I could understand Holliday's numbers going up in St. Louis considering the fact that the A's home ballpark isn't known as a hitter's paradise, but I don't think a near 50-point difference from being an Athletic to a Cardinal is really justifiable.
This is what happened: once Holliday figured the A's had no chance at the post-season, he gave up. How else do you explain 33 games without a home run and only seven runs batted in.
Now, once Holliday knew that the A's were looking to trade him, that's when he started hitting the ball again.
So, when Holliday dropped the ball that allowed the Dodgers to win the second game of their playoff series, all I could think was karma, and how sweet karma can be.