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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Yadier Molina has struggled at plate so far in playoffs

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina easily had the best offensive season of his career in 2012.  The four-time Gold Glove Award winner hit .315 with 22 home runs and 76 RBI's this season.

Molina had himself an MVP caliber type season and will likely finish in the top five of voting for the award.

While Molina's regular season was spectacular, his post-season thus far has been less than extraordinary.  In fact, Molina is struggling mightily.

Hitting fifth in manager Mike Matheny's lineup for all eight of the Cardinals playoff games this year, Molina has just a .138 average and collected just four hits in 29 at bats.  Molina has managed to walk five times, including a walk with two outs in the ninth inning of Game Five against the Washington Nationals, but has not been able to drive the ball like he did so consistently all season.

Molina has just two RBI's thus far in the post-season as well after hitting .321 with runners in scoring position during the regular season.

Molina will look to get things turned around in Game Three against San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain.  Molina has a .286 average off of Cain in fourteen at bats, including a double, RBI, and walk.

The Cardinals hope that Molina can get back on track soon as it remains to be unclear how much longer Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma will be able to perform at such a high level.

The sooner Molina can start hitting again, the better for the Cardinals.