Looking at the gamelogs for Yadier Molina in 2009 is like looking at the barometer for the whole Cardinal offense. After a blazing hot start in April, Molina's numbers have been on a steady decline. Lets compare his numbers, month by month:
April: .333/.402/.500 and 12 RBI'sWhen you look at his batting average on balls in play, its fair to say part of his April success can be attributed to luck. And you could also say his cold streak since then can be partially attributed to luck as well. Just look at his BAbip, month by month:
May: .220/.304/.256 and 5 RBI's
June: .188/.278/.313 and 2 RBI's
April: .344Looking at his BAbip for May/June compared to 2008, it is fair to believe that luck has played a part, as he isn't striking out and is still putting the ball in play. So I do believe he is bound to come out of it before long.
Now I don't think anybody honestly expected Molina to continue at his April pace, but I really expected a great year from him. Early on, he seemed to have a real knack for clutch two-out RBI's and he had become a big part of the offense. People have been riding Ankiel, Duncan, and Ludwick for their cold bats, but no blame has been thrown at Molina, which is unjust. I suppose less is expected of Molina on the offensive end than our struggling outfielders, but it isn't unreasonable to expect better from Yadier at this point in his career.
An offensive resurgance by Yadier is as important as anything for the Cardinals to put their offensive woes behing them. I like to think it will turn around soon, because he is still making contact and not striking out.