Matt Holliday sat out four of the Cardinals’ final seven games, including the regular season finale, with a back injury, but the left fielder will be in the lineup when the NLDS begins tonight.
Appearing on MLB Network Radio this morning, Holliday said: “Everything’s cleared up, my back feels good, I’m ready to roll.”
Holliday missed 21 games this season, but was his usual self at the plate while hitting .300 with 22 homers and an .879 OPS
The Marlins are on the last leg of a nine-game road trip that started in Seattle, took them through San Diego, and now has them in Philadelphia. If the hectic travel schedule weren’t punishing enough, the NFL Draft has heaped some more difficulty onto the Marlins’ trip.
Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that, because the NFL booked all of the hotels in Philadelphia ahead of the draft (which starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday), the Marlins have to stay at a hotel in Wilmington, Delaware.
At least the city of Wilmington is welcoming the Marlins with open arms:
Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter has been suspended one game for bumping home plate umpire John Tumpane when he didn’t like a called strike three in the seventh inning of Sunday’s game against the Brewers. Manager Mike Matheny was also ejected along with Carpenter.
Carpenter will serve his suspension Tuesday night, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Through his first 69 nice plate appearances this season, Carpenter is hitting .236/.362/.364 with a pair of home runs and five RBI.