Fans everywhere, like myself, are finding it very hard to believe that we’ve already reached the middle of the 2015 regular season. The Cardinals are an MLB-best 53-28, which is setting them up for a 106-56 win/loss record by season’s end. St. Louis’s stellar performance has been thanks to many of their players, but two of them stand out well enough among their fellow National League position players to start in one of the most fun games- the Major League Baseball All Star Game.
Though one of these guys is currently on the disabled list, it’s not much of a question that Jhonny Peralta and Matt Holliday are two of the most valuable pieces to the team. Jhonny and Matt will be representing St. Louis at the All Star Game along with, undoubtedly, because of the highly-notable success, a few pitchers who are yet to named.
Cardinal shortstop Jhonny Peralta has been raising the eyebrows of baseball junkies everywhere this season. With an offensive slash-line of .297/.350/.469 through his first seventy-nine games, it’s just a peek into the pretty impressive season he’s piecing together. He’s the team leader in homers, eleven, and RBI, forty-two. Not to go unmentioned, but often is, is his defense. No, he doesn’t have the Fielding Bibles and Gold Gloves like the big guys do, but he is a pretty solid defender. He leads the defense-happy Cardinals with 217 assists and has committed only three errors. Is he one of the best, if not the best, “bang for you buck” signings the Cardinals have made? I’ll leave that up for discussion..
Many were on the verge of losing their sanity when they heard the news of Matt Holliday being placed on the disabled list back on June ninth. I was one of them, taking into consideration the day-in and day-out contributions he makes for his team. His long-awaited return may be just around the corner *breathes a sigh of relief*. Matt will be traveling with the team on their upcoming road trip. His numbers before his halting quad injury were very eye popping. Despite the slim home run total, three, his offensive metrics are a very fun thing to be lost in. His .303 batting average paired with a .417 on-base percentage and .421 slugging percentage is dreamy. The 41.7% on-base mark is-what-it-is in part to the historical streak he had. From Opening Night on April 5th to June 2nd, Matt Holliday had found himself a way to get on the base paths. Rather it was with a hit or being hit, an intentional walk or drawing a walk, Matt was able to hit a base in forty-five straight games. Maybe worth noting is the fact that he reached base in every game he played in this season, with the exceptions of June 2nd and June 8th (he exited early on June 8th). Matt, as I mentioned, is expected to be returning back-to-action soon. Hopefully he can be back in time to take advantage of his well-deserved nomination!
Arguably, the largest of the many reasons why the Cardinals are in the position they are is because of their exceptional pitching staff. I could name you off a non-biased list of the best pitchers, starters and relievers, in the National League and Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, and Kevin Siegrist find their way on it every time. Are they All Star worthy? We’ll have to wait and find out tomorrow!
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