Stat of the day: Matt Holliday's August

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In 20 games since joining the
Cardinals, Matt Holliday is batting .475/.505/.813 with five homers, 20
RBI, 17 runs scored and an 1.318 OPS. Unreal. But did you know that
Jeff Francoeur (four) has drawn more walks than Holliday (one) this
month?




It hardly matters when you are
swinging such a hot bat, but Holliday’s August reveals one of the
strangest batting lines in recent memory. He enters play on Sunday with
a .412/.407/.765 showing this month. Since Holliday has two sacrifice
flies to his credit (on August 9th and 10th), Holliday’s on-base
percentage is actually
lower than his batting average.



Thanks to our own Craig Calcaterra for helping me realize the source of this little oddity.



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MLBPA agrees to extend deadline for new posting agreement between MLB, NPB

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Update (7:00 PM ET): The MLBPA announces that the deadline has been extended 24 hours while MLB and NPB continue to negotiate a new agreement for the posting system. The new deadline is 8 PM ET on Tuesday.

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Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.

Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.

Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.