Matt Holliday has become the St. Louis Cardinals’ player to watch.

If you remember the Dodgers’ three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2009 National League Division Series, this might be the first thing you think of when you see the name “Matt Holliday“:

That fateful, painful drop allowed the Dodgers to come back from a 2-1 deficit in the ninth inning of Game 2.

These days, Holliday has his swagger back. He set a National League record on Wednesday by reaching base in 43 consecutive games to begin the season. Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire sized up Holliday, comparing him to two of the best hitters he’s ever coached.

On making adjustments, Andre Ethier, Hanley Ramirez, and both lineups for Game 5.

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Andre Ethier (left) and Hanley Ramirez (right) are both in Don Mattingly’s starting lineup for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer)


If there was one buzzword taking flight on the lips in the Dodgers’ clubhouse Tuesday night, it was “adjustments.” Carl Crawford dropped the “A-word” after the Dodgers dropped Game 4. So did Adrian Gonzalez.

Now, making adjustments is less a cliche than the difference between the possible end of the Dodgers’ season, and a possible Game 6 on Friday in St. Louis.
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