For Cards, plenty of blame to go around
- But I'd suggest that Cardinal fans go easy on the poor guy. There's plenty of blame to go around, and Holliday's not the one most at fault for the loss.
Yes, if Holliday catches the ball, the game is over. But even after the drop, the Cardinals still had an 87% chance of winning the game. Ryan Franklin then took that 87% percent probability and flushed it down the toilet. Walk, single, walk, single, ballgame. Holliday put one guy on base. Franklin put four guys on base. It takes some kind of perverse twisting of the facts to think that Holliday was more responsible for the loss than Franklin.
It's easy to say that if he would have caught the ball, the team would have won. While true, it also ignores everything that went before and after that play. Matt Holliday didn't lose the game for the Cardinals – it was a team effort.