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Cardinal fans too critical of Matt Holliday's defense

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

(BaseballStL) -- I will never understand the amount of animosity certain Cardinals fans have for left fielder Matt Holliday. If he makes one mistake in the outfield, social media sites go crazy with abuse towards Holliday. And that was the case in Wednesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In the top of the 6 inning, Diamondback’s Jason Kubel hit a line drive out to left field. Holliday attempted to track the ball and miss timed his jumped and did not catch the ball. The box score for the game credits Holliday with an error and that’s when Holliday haters came out in full force to degrade the power hitter for his defense.

Let’s be honest about why Holliday gets paid, to hit the ball. When Holliday signed his $120 million 7 year contract in 2009, it wasn’t because the Cardinals wanted his Gold Glove capabilities in the outfield. But for some reason, fans want to hold Holliday to a higher standard.

Wednesday night’s error was Holliday’s first this season. A third of the way into the season, 54 games, and he made his first error.

Holliday’s career fielding percentage is .985. Compare that percentage to the left fielders Chris Duncan, Preston Willson and Reggie Sanders, and Holliday has the second best fielding percentage among that group.

Holliday gets paid $120 million to hit, not field. He unfortunately has not started the 2013 season hitting well with a .256 average, but his career numbers dictate Holliday will break out of his hitting funk. It’s only a matter of time.

Left fielders are not typically the strongest outfielder. National League leftfielders include Ryan Braun, Carlos Gonzalez, Jason Kubel, Alfonso Soriano and Justin Upton. Holliday ranks in the top among all NL leftfielders.

Cardinal fans hold Holliday to a higher standard not reasonable. His stats back up his ability to play the outfield, but for some reason certain fans don’t want to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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