On top of all the drama surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals and their quest to repeat as NL Central champions, the team almost sustained another major death blow on Saturday night.
Thankfully, for redbird fans everywhere, Matt Holliday is just fine. He might be a bit shaken up, but Holliday will be all right.
It was thought Holliday may have suffered a concussion on Saturday after he collided with Hanley Ramirez, the shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Instead, tests came back negative and Holliday is considered day-to-day. He did play Sunday in the nationally televised game between these teams, but didn’t get a hit.
Had Holliday been out for a prolonged period, can you imagine the damage that would have done to the Cardinals’ NL pennant hopes? He was one of the more reliable hitters on the squad along with Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter (what is it with Cardinal hitters named Matt?). Yadier Molina is already out three months with a thumb injury. Holliday wouldn’t have been out that long, but a concussion would have been a problem because it would have sidelined him for at least one week, and it could have been longer.
The Dodgers ended up taking the final game of the series, preventing a sweep, but at least Holliday played in the contest. Had he not been healthy, the Cardinals could have fallen far and fast in the standings depending on how long he was out.
Rumors are swirling regarding the pitching staff. Can David Price anchor a staff that has Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn and a couple of other decent hurlers? Or does the team need to get another bat?
Had Holliday been hurt, a bat would have entered the equation. It wouldn’t have been ridiculous. Cincinnati Reds GM Walt Jocketty is looking at a bat following the injuries of Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. The Reds are still in the thick of things, so it is vital to keep hitting and help that pitching.
Thankfully the Cardinals evaded a worst-case scenario. The NL Central race is getting tighter and more entertaining. Thank God Holliday is along for the ride.