Matt Holliday fought through a finger injury that caused him to miss a little action in the NLDS. He recovered well enough to start 14 consecutive games, but in Thursday night's Game 6, Holliday injured himself trying to slide back into third base on a snap throw pick-off attempt. Initially, Holliday felt like he could be available for Friday's Game 7, but things have changed:
This update says Holliday has a sprained wrist, while updates last night had Holliday's pinky in a splint. Whatever's wrong, though, what matters is that Holliday has basically been placed on the one-day disabled list. His season ends with an embarrassing pick-off that thankfully did not contribute to the end of the Cardinals' season.
Overall, Holliday batted .294 in the playoffs with an .831 OPS. Not bad for a guy playing hurt. He struggled badly in the World Series, though, batting 3-for-19, and for good measure he threw in that pick-off and a horrible error in the outfield Thursday night. So it's safe to say that, as good as Holliday has been in the past, Cardinals fans probably aren't too worried over his absence Friday. Holliday will simply be replaced by Allen Craig, and Allen Craig has been outstanding.
Where this could hurt is in the later innings, when Tony La Russa might be looking for a pinch-hitter. Instead of having Holliday or Craig available, he'll have Adron Chambers, who has all of 14 plate appearances of major league experience. But considering all the weird shit that went down Thursday, you know what? Whatever. Who knows? Who the hell even knows?