St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday, right, is congratulated by Colby Rasmus after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- When the season ends, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is confident the numbers will be there for Matt Holliday. Right now, the signs are all pointing up for the struggling slugger.
Holliday is batting a robust .520 the last seven games with two homers and six RBIs. He's been more patient, too, drawing eight walks after coaxing only 14 the first 45 games.
La Russa tried swapping spots in the batting order with Holliday and Albert Pujols recently, to little effect. It appears patience was the best course with the Cardinals' $120 million, seven-year investment.
An average year the last four seasons for Holliday: a Pujols-like .325 average, 30 homers, 112 RBIs, 43 doubles.
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