Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Molina's Bat Does Talking

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Molina's Bat Does Talking

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Yadier Molina doesn't want to talk about his hitting.

Twice after his three-for-four outing in the Cardinals' 3-1 win over the Braves on Friday night at Busch Stadium, he declined to even entertain a question about how well he's hitting.

"Next question," he said.

A short while later, after the conversation came back to his hot streak, he expanded on not expanding on the topic. "I don't want to talk about my offense," he said. "I'll talk about my team. We got a good win, that's what I'm talking about."

But it's hard not to talk about what Molina is doing when standing at the plate rather than crouching behind it. He doubled in the second and came around to score the Cardinals' first run of the game. He doubled again in the seventh and came around to score the Cardinals' third run of the game. It was the third time this season he's had two doubles in a game and he already has 37 this season, five more than his career high.

Since coming back from the disabled list Aug. 15, Molina has gone 13 for 31, a .419 average. In his seven starts in that span, he has seven doubles and the Cardinals are 6-1 in those games. He leads the NL in hitting at .337.

"It looks like the same guy that we've seen the majority of this season," manager Mike Matheny said. "Obviously what he's doing behind the plate, we give a lot of credit to around here, but the at- bats that he takes in big situations and how he's driving the ball out, he's just staying with what's working. It's a beautiful thing to watch, the way he's going about his at-bats. He doesn't have a lot of holes."

Molina may not want to talk about his hitting, but his baserunning is a different thing. With two outs in the eighth inning, he hit a single to left. He hesitated rounding first and, when it looked as though left fielder Evan Gattis was throwing to third, he decided to go for second. …

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