Coming off two consecutive seasons that saw his batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage fall, Yadier Molina's start to the season seemed to confirm the fear that the former All-Star's tank was starting to run on empty. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Molina's bat caught fire as he proceeded to hit .365/.398/.529 following the All-Star break. When all was said and done, he'd played a career-high 147 games and owned a .307/.360/.427 line. Such a resurgent season raises the question, just how much does Molina, who turns 35 in July, have left to offer? It's no secret that Molina is at the latter end of his career, and that he's played over 110 games at an incredibly demanding position every season since 2004 doesn't help his case for longevity. The catcher pool is top-heavy, giving Molina an opportunity to finish as a top-10 or top-15 backstop again.
Molina went 3-for-4 with a two-RBI single, two-run double and a run in Saturday's 10-4 victory over the Cubs. The veteran backstop opened the scoring in the first with a two-bagger that plated Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta, and then added a seventh-inning single to drive in Peralta and Tommy Pham. Molina's stellar September includes his current 10-game hitting streak, along with six multi-hit outings, four doubles, two homers and 12 RBI. The 34-year-old has thrived in the second half of the season and is now hitting .300 for the first time since back on May 24.
Molina is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies, FOX Sports Midwest's Jim Hayes reports. Molina has caught the last nine games and is riding an eight-game hit streak, but he'll take a seat in the day game following Tuesday night's game. Carson Kelly will start behind the dish in his stead.
Molina is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers. Molina has started seven consecutive games behind the plate, posting a .333/.357/.556 line with five RBI in that time. He'll head to the bench while Carson Kelly gets the start and hits eighth.
Molina is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds. Molina homered in his last two games, but he will get a day off with the Cardinals playing a day game following a night game. Alberto Rosario will get the start behind the plate in Molina's place.
Molina is out of Sunday's lineup against Oakland. Molina will get a rare day off as St. Louis opts to start Alberto Rosario behind the dish. Molina has gone 18-for-56 (.321) over the last 14 games, bringing his batting average up to .286 for the year. He'll likely return to the lineup Monday when the Cardinals face the Brewers.