(BaseballStL) -- Matt Holliday takes a lot of criticism from Cardinal fans. While there's some justification- he's the highest paid Cardinal, he's not the strongest left fielder and he grounds into a lot of double plays- he's also the team's, and one of baseball's, hottest hitters.
Since coming off the DL on July 27th, Holliday is hitting .405with 14 RBI in 20 games. He currently has a 12game hitting streak, and has collected two hits in six of his last seven games. I asked Holliday about being in "the zone" right now at the plate.
"You don't get too far ahead of yourself… you just come in today, try to do your work, get to where you have a good feeling about your swing and go in and compete."
Speaking before the series opener against the Pirates, Mike Matheny said the slugger looks strong.
"Physically, obviously he's strong but he looks baseball strong," he said. "His bat speed is there, he's taking good approaches at the ball, it looks like he's picking it up well. Things are clicking."
Since the beginning of July, Holliday has only failed to record a hit in Five games. After an uncharacteristically slow start, his season's average is up to .294.
"I don't like to get too caught up in what's happened (in the past)," the left fielder said. "I just focus on what I can do today to help the team win and work on it."
Matheny said Tuesday Holliday's desire the help the team has been burning visibly since he returned from the DL.
"You can see it in his eyes," the skipper said. "He wants to be that guy. He wants to be the catalyst of the offense."