Editor's Note: Two years ago, Site Manager Ben Humphrey asked readers to provide predictions for Cardinals baseball players. Last year, he renewed that request, and although Ben is in blogger retirement, we at VEB are re-renewing the request to predict how the Cardinals will do.
We will not get to every player on the 40-man roster, but we will get to most. There will not be a defined order for the players, but players most assured of playing time will go first so we can let some of Spring Training play out. We will ask for standard stats. For hitters: Plate Appearances, Home Runs, RBI (gasp!), Runs, Batting Average, On-Base Percentage, Slugging Percentage, and WAR. As trying to figure wOBA on is very difficult, we will use a rough approximation based on OBP and SLG ((1.7*OBP+SLG)/3). For pitchers: Starts, Games, Innings Pitched, K/9, BB/9, ERA, FIP, WAR, and Saves.
Next up: Matt Holliday
Matt Holliday has been a model of consistency with the Cardinals. There were fears at the beginning of 2014 that his power had been sapped and he was no longer the threat he was once was, but a fantastic second half saw him end the season with 20 home runs, a 132 wRC+ and 3.6 WAR. That year was the ninth straight season Holliday hit 20 home runs or more, but that streak came to an end last year. Holliday was not hitting for a lot of power last year, but he never got a chance to rebound with a great second half as hamstring injuries prevented him from playing for much of the season.
Holliday still managed a solid on-base percentage in limited time.
Holliday will have to answer some questions this season, but he is bringing his large arms back for at least one more season in St. Louis and the 36-year-old probably thinks he has something to prove. You can view his player page at Fangraphs or the Cardinals ZiPS if you feel it might aid you in your task below:
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