UPDATE: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Holliday was diagnosed with a right quad strain. He’ll be further evaluated on Tuesday.
9:37 p.m. ET: Troubling development here for the first-place Cardinals, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that left fielder Matt Holliday left tonight’s game against the Rockies with an apparent injury to his right knee.
Holliday suffered the injury when he stumbled coming in on a ball off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez in the bottom of the second inning. He was on the ground in pain for a couple of minutes before getting on his feet and walking off the field under his own power, but he was moving very gingerly.
The Cardinals have managed to get by without staff ace Adam Wainwright and starting first baseman Matt Adams until this point, but losing Holliday for a significant period of time would present another major challenge. Updates as we hear them.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.