Matt Holliday Continues To Be A Problem For Atlanta Braves

By Walter Bergeson
Matt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals
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Since being called up in 2004, Matt Holliday has been one of the best hitters in baseball. His best season came in 2007, when he led the National League in hits, doubles and RBIs. Even though he’s now on the back half of his MLB career, he continues to show that he loves to hit against the Atlanta Braves.

The outfielder has spent the majority of his career in the NL West and NL Central playing for the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies, so he hasn’t faced the Braves as often as other teams in the league. When he has seen Braves pitchers on the mound, however, his eyes light up. Of the 13 teams that Holliday has more than 250 PA’s against, the Braves are his second favorite team to face, as he has a .336 career average against Atlanta pitching.

Holliday was at it again facing the Braves on Friday night. Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons robbed Holliday of a hit with a great play in the third inning, but the Cardinals outfielder got his revenge in the fifth. With the game tied at two, Holliday hit an RBI double to right field, giving St. Louis a lead they would never relinquish.

In four games against the Braves this season, Holliday has at least one hit and one RBI in every contest. He has more doubles and RBI against the Braves than he does against any other NL East team over his career, and he seems to add to those totals every time he steps in the box against Braves pitchers. With Holliday now hitting .437 against the Braves this season, Atlanta pitchers would be wise to pitch around the Cardinals slugger for the rest of the series.

Walter Bergeson is an Atlanta Braves writer for  Follow him on twitter @WalterBSports or add him to your network on Google.

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