It's Time To Get Off Holliday's Back

Justin HulseyCorrespondent IJune 7, 2010

ST. LOUIS - MAY 22: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Busch Stadium on May 22, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Angels beat the Cardinals 10-7.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Five days ago, I logged onto Facebook and, as I scrolled down the homepage reading about daily drama, Matt Holliday’s name caught my attention. There are only a handful of my friends who even know which position Holliday plays so of course I read what this guy had to say.

“Matt holliday is overrated”

There have been 20,000 people play in the MLB and there are only 59 with better career batting averages. So, with all due respect… YOU, sir, are overrated.

I am sick and tired of hearing about this. We are two months into the 2010 season and Cardinal Nation is forming a mutiny against Matt Holliday. Yes, I know he is batting .215 with runners in scoring position since he signed a seven year, $120 million contract, but to call him “overrated” or anything to that affect after two months is ludicrous.

Holliday had one bad month, people. He got off to a slow start. That does not make him a disappointment. In fact, this certainly isn’t the first time he has had a bad start. In 2009, Holliday hit .240 through the month of April. Just so ya now, he finished with MVP-type numbers. If you take a look at his past two April’s, Holliday is 43-for-163 (.263) with five home runs and 22 runs batted in. Believe me, I had him on my fantasy team last year and after a few frustrating weeks, I would have traded him for Randy freakin’ Winn.

That slump, however, is over. In Wednesday night’s win over the Reds, Holliday went 1-for-2 with a home run, a stolen base, and two walks. He is currently in the midst of a seven game hitting streak (.520). Not only is he crushing the ball lately but his patience at the plate has been remarkable. In the first 45 games of the season Holliday was walked 14 times. In Holliday’s past seven games he’s gotten the free pass eight times.

“You put together at-bats where even if you get behind you’re still able to put the ball on the barrel, you start to feel like you can handle most of the pitches, it’s a good feeling,” said the Cardinal’s clean-up hitter.

Want more? In the past 28 days, Holliday has a .352 average, .452 on-base percentage, and a .511 slugging percentage. Go ahead and try finding ten players with better numbers over the past month.

We may be giving Holliday $16.3 million this year, and his .215 with RISP may not be up to those standards, but everybody needs to back away from that cliff. I hate to show you up, Mr. Facebook friend… Actually, no I don’t.