PHILADELPHIA -- Down a run in the sixth with two on, there was no one on Saturday night Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wanted at the plate more than Matt Holliday. Holliday, of course, came through with a game-changing three-run home run in the Cards' 4-1 win at Philadelphia, something Cardinals fans have come to expect since he joined the club in 2009.
"I'm seeing an MVP-type-caliber player putting together a very solid season," Matheny said. "He's made some minor adjustments in his swing, but not many adjustments were needed. He's got a real nice idea at the plate right now, and he's seeing it well. Hopefully, we can keep riding that and finish as strong as he's played so far."
Holliday has hit .319 this year with a 1.012 OPS to lead the Cardinals to a 62-52 record entering Sunday's series finale against the Phillies. Even with a stretch of three games without a hit -- in large part due to the staffs of San Francisco and Roy Halladay on Friday night -- Holliday has hit .310 in August, with three home runs and an OPS of .927.
Molina gets planned day off from Cards' lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- With a day game after a night game, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was scheduled to skip a start at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday against the Phillies. But after getting hit on the elbow by a pitch on Friday and on the hand on Saturday, probability went out the window and became a definite.
"He's all beat up," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He's still a little sore from the elbow and the hand today. He's just so tough, and we've been riding him. He gets so much respect from the guys in this clubhouse. They know what he's doing back there and to help Jake [Westbrook] get to the point he did control that game [Saturday night]. The more I watch him, the more I am impressed."
Molina entered Sunday having played nine consecutive days in which he hit .367 (11-for-30) despite being banged up more than usual, even for a catcher.
"He caught the last day game after a night game in San Francisco," Matheny said. "He's been grinding through for us, and he just needs today."
Mike Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.