Matt Holliday, Wind Are Both Strong

Matt Holliday has a hurt hand. It's been hurt bad enough to keep him out of the lineup for playoff games. Matt Holliday just lunged at a pitch and hit an off-balance home run to the opposite field.

Those two things should be mutually exclusive.

It looked like a foul pop. Holliday thought so too, as he stopped in the box for a second before jogging to first. But the ball caught a jet stream, or a gust, or it was grasped between the claws of a European swallow and carried a few extra feet, because it made it just over the 335 sign in right field.

Maybe Holliday is just really, really strong. Probably that one. It was truly a strange home run. As you'd expect, Randy Wolf's specialty isn't keeping the ball in the park, but I'm not sure you could fault him for that one. He had a right-handed hitter off balance on a changeup. Not much more you can do.

A more impressive at-bat might have been the one that followed from Yadier Molina. After ten pitches, he lined a double about twenty feet short of where Holliday's home run went out. Man, those kind of at-bats have to annoy pitchers. But after getting to third on a Rickie Weeks error with one out, Molina was stranded at third. You just don't get that many chances against Randy Wolf, with the exception of all those chances, so the Cards should be kicking themselves. 

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