Though St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has been one of baseball’s hottest hitters, he was not initially selected to the National League All-Star team, nor was he included among the Final Vote candidates.
That changed on Friday when the 32-year-old replaced teammate Yadier Molina on the squad. The catcher was placed on the bereavement list due a death in his family.
Since June 16, Holliday is batting .500 (34-for-68) with four home runs, 21 RBI, 10 doubles and 17 runs scored. In all of MLB, he has the highest batting average, most hits (tied for 1st with Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh) highest on-base percentage (.549), highest slugging (.824) and most doubles over that span.
Holliday is currently building on a six-game RBI streak. Since May 1st, he has raised his batting average from .215 to .318, currently eighth-best in the NL. Overall, Holliday has 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 80 games.
This will be Holliday’s third consecutive NL All-Star team since joining the Cardinals and sixth selection overall.
The 2012 MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 10 at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. Other Cardinals on the NL roster are starters Carlos Beltran and Rafael Furcal, pitcher Lance Lynn and third baseman David Freese.
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