Holliday putting Cardinals on his shoulders

Holliday putting Cardinals on his shoulders

Holliday putting Cardinals on his shoulders
PHILADELPHIA -- Down a run in the sixth with two on, there was no one on Saturday night Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wanted at the plate more than Matt Holliday. Holliday, of course, came through with a game-changing three-run home run in the Cards' 4-1 win at Philadelphia, something Cardinals fans have come to expect since he joined the club in 2009.

"I'm seeing an MVP-type-caliber player putting together a very solid season," Matheny said. "He's made some minor adjustments in his swing, but not many adjustments were needed. He's got a real nice idea at the plate right now, and he's seeing it well. Hopefully, we can keep riding that and finish as strong as he's played so far."

Holliday has hit .319 this year with a 1.012 OPS to lead the Cardinals to a 62-52 record entering Sunday's series finale against the Phillies. Even with a stretch of three games without a hit -- in large part due to the staffs of San Francisco and Roy Halladay on Friday night -- Holliday has hit .310 in August, with three home runs and an OPS of .927.