Is Matt Holliday starting to head downhill? I know this seems absurd to ask about a player who hit .295 with 27 homers and 102 RBI, but let's take a moment to look at the numbers.
This might get your attention
Holliday's numbers are indeed impressive, but did you notice:
- That his BA has decreased each year since 2007?
- What direction is his OBP heading?
- How about slugging?
- His OPS was .052 lower than his career number when the season started?
- Did you see his strikeout total last year compared with other season?
Comparing 2010 and 2012
Let's look at the numbers
Top = 2010
Bottom = 2012
First thing to notice is the difference in the strikeouts and K%. This seems to be the result of Holliday swinging more and missing more, particularly on pitches out of the strike zone.
In 2010, Holliday hit 11 homers and hit .308 off of fastballs. Last season off the fastball, Holliday hit .263 with eight homers and over the last two seasons combined, he's hit 15 homers, the same he hit off the fastball in 2008.
In 2010, Holliday hit .412 (7-17) against the cutter and last season, he went 8-34 (.235) against the cutter.
2010/2012 vs. Fastball & Cutter
Cardinal fans, I don't think there is any reason to panic, but I certainly would say there is reason to pay attention.