Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, and the Top 5 3-4 Combos in the MLB
The three and four hitters in a team's lineup are crucial to its success.
They are supposed to provide the ball club with power and drive in the majority of its runs. Together, they protect each other, forcing pitchers to go right at them instead of pitching around them.
Some teams have found the perfect three and four hitters for their lineups, and it has helped them attain the success they desire.
Here are the top five three-four combos in the MLB right now.
5. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez
Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez have combined to form one of the most lethal three-four combos in the league over the last few seasons.
They have numerous MVPs, All-Star appearances, Silver Sluggers, and Gold Gloves between them.
They provide the potent Yankee lineup with even more pop as they each slug over 30 home runs year in and year out.
Together, Tex and A-Rod have formed a powerful duo that no pitcher wants to throw to.
4. Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis
One of the newest three-four combos in the league is Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis.
Together, they have formed a powerful duo in the potent Red Sox lineup. Both of them are able to hit for power—each has multiple seasons with more than 25 Home Runs—and average—each is hitting greater than .290 for his career—while also driving in a ton of runs.
Gonzo and Youk have helped make the Boston lineup the most deadly in all of baseball.
3. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have combined for numerous All-Stars and Silver Sluggers and have each contended for the MVP award in multiple seasons.
They make up the best right side of the infield in the major leagues and together have led the Phillies to a couple of World Series, winning the title in 2008.
Although the Philadelphia lineup has suffered injuries over the last few seasons, Utley and Howard's production in the middle of the order has preserved the Phillies' spot as the best team in the National League.
2. Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday
Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday have been one of the best three-four combos in the major leagues since Holliday's arrival in St. Louis in late 2009.
Pujols is regarded by many as the best player in baseball while Holliday himself has had his share of All-Star campaigns.
Each of them are capable of putting up a .300 average, 30 home runs, and 100 RBI every season.
They have made the Cardinals offense one of the best in the National League over the last couple seasons and have St. Louis competing for a playoff spot every single year.
1. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder
The young, talented duo of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder has combined to form the most deadly three-four combo in all of baseball.
Braun is known as a perennial All-Star and is capable of putting up a .300 average, 30 home runs, and 100 RBI every season while Fielder—having already slugged over 47 home runs in a single season twice in his brief career—is regarded as one of the best power hitters in all of baseball. The latter is off to the best start of his career and is currently putting together an MVP-caliber campaign.
Braun and Fielder are the most feared combo in the league right now and have made the Brewers lineup the most dangerous in the National League.