Holliday, Pujols aim to get hot at same time

Holliday, Pujols aim to get hot at same time

HOUSTON -- Even though All-Stars Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday are putting up expected big numbers, St. Louis manager Tony La Russa would like to see both get hot at the plate at the same time.

"They're having solid seasons," said La Russa. "It's just that we've seen them both on fire, but they haven't really been on fire [together]. Albert's been pretty consistent -- he gets hits all the time. But Matt started out the first month, he was sluggish."

Holliday has picked it up as the season has progressed. Holliday hit a three-run homer Sunday and has now homered in four of his last six games. He tied career highs with four hits, four runs and two home runs in Wednesday's 8-7 loss at Colorado. Entering Sunday, Holliday was batting .300 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs. Pujols was batting .307 with 21 home runs and 64 RBIs. Both homered in Friday's 8-0 win against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

The Cardinals acquired Holliday from the Athletics last July 24. In a little more than two months, Holliday batted .353 with 13 home runs and 55 RBIs for the Cardinals in 2009. La Russa likes the way Holliday approaches every at-bat.

"The more strikes he swings at, more balls get on the barrel," said La Russa. "He's an aggressive hitter, so sometimes he's got to rein himself in a bit. But he goes out there and makes something happen. He's dangerous that way."