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Matt Holliday scratched with back stiffness

Oct 21, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

Matt Holliday Reuters

Originally slated to start in left field and bat third in Game 6, Matt Holliday was scratched from Sunday’s starting lineup about an hour and a half before first pitch. Back stiffness is the cause.

Holliday has been struggling in the postseason, particularly of late. He’s 4-for-21 with no extra-base hits and no walks against the Giants. His lone October homer came in the wild card game against the Braves two weeks ago.

In Holliday’s place, the Cardinals will go with Matt Carpenter at first base and shift Allen Craig to left field. Carpenter is 3-for-11 in the postseason. He homered in Game 3 after replacing an injured Carlos Beltran in right field.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Based on the way he has not hit this series, I can understand why the Giants did not throw at Holliday.

  2. spudchukar - Oct 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Probably part tactical, part health. Good for Holliday if he recognized the Cards might be better off with him coming off the bench, if necessary, than trying to struggle with an able Carpenter waiting in the wings.

  3. jxegh - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    I believe Scutaro intimidated him. He did say a few days ago he would kick his ass.

  4. triaxfusion - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    2 years in a row he’s been “injured” during clutch games. He’s a waste of a good uniform. Be nice if the cards would get rid of him.

    • braddavery - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      Holliday had a WAR of 5.1 this season. The Cardinals most likely wouldn’t even be in the damn playoffs without his production this season.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:41 AM

        Although you are on point…you are wasting your time Brad.
        A few days ago I explained to the dude Holliday flat carried this club at times this year.
        Your WAR reference as well as the playoffs comment is 100% dead on.
        I think he might be new to baseball.

  5. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    5 to 0 after 2 innings. I am sure that Cardinal fans think that they have the Giants just where they want them.

  6. triaxfusion - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    WAR? Really? obviously you have never watched a cardinals game. Saying holliday is a lousy defensive OF is giving him to much credit. He swings at terrible pitches an makes horrible unproductive outs. Nearly all of his production has came when the cardinals already have the lead. Its aot easier to hit a 3 run homer when your up by 6. To even suggest Holliday is the reason the cardinals are in the playoffs is blasphemy. an I say again, clearly you havent seen many games.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      I have seen numerous games. Been in attendance at several as well.
      Holliday carried this club for large stretches this year. Look at his numbers.
      If you had done that…you would no your comments are “blasphemy.”
      Your reference to his defense is funny as well.
      While Holliday isn’t going to win any gold gloves I will point out he more than holds his own defensively (when compared to other Leftfielders).
      Off course…it is a well known fact the worse OF play leftfield.
      So I guess your point about his defense is…well…point less.

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