KANSAS CITY -- Matt Holliday's season has been interrupted by a nagging hip flexor issue and various periods of trying to find his way at the plate. He hasn't had a dominant stretch or breakout week that others in the Cardinals' lineup have enjoyed. But quietly, Holliday is pushing his numbers back toward career levels.
With four hits on Saturday, Holliday ended the day with a season average of .297, the highest it's been in 2012. He has hit .343 in 18 games this month and ranks among the top 10 National League outfielders in several categories: batting average, RBIs (45), home runs (12), on-base percentage (.376) and slugging percentage (.494).
"Those are All-Star numbers and he hasn't really been as hot or anywhere close to as hot as he can be," manager Mike Matheny said. "It's kind of scary to think how good it's going to be once he gets going."
He's been considerably better than those season numbers over the past seven games. During that span, Holliday has hit .552 with five doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs.
The upward trend in results doesn't appear to be random, either. It coincides with a mechanical change that he first incorporated into his swing during a batting cage session that Holliday had with hitting coaches Mark McGwire and John Mabry late in the team's most recent homestand.
Holliday has had only one hitless game since.