MLB Betting Report on Brandon Moss Replacing Matt Holiday

Posted by Alex Murphy on Friday,August 7, 2015 11:01, EST in

Two days after injuring his right quad last Wednesday, St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Matt Holliday assured MLB betting fans he believes he’ll be playing again soon, though the exact timeline of his return is still unclear. According to the Cards general manager John Mozeliak, the veteran left fielder suffered a Grade 2 quad strain, the second time this year he is suffering the same injury, and is set to be out of the team for an extended period.

Fortunately for the Cardinals, the team acquired Brandon Moss from Cleveland last Thursday, adding star power to their short-handed hitting department. With Holiday likely to return towards the end of the regular season, or at the start of the playoffs (assuming the Cards make it to the postseason games), Stephen Piscotty will most probably take over as the primary left fielder, with Moss also offering a solid option after joining St. Louis during the MLB Trade Deadline.

Taking a Look at the MLB Betting Report on Brandon Moss Replacing Matt Holiday

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Getting the services of Moss didn’t come cheap, as the Cardinals had to part ways with 20-year-old Rob Kaminsky, a hot pitching that was selected 28th overall selection in the MLB Draft, owning a 2.15 ERA in his first 43 professional appearances.

“I certainly understand where people might say we overpaid on this deal, but I would also position it as we had a need,” Mozeliak said when asked about paying a hefty price for Moss. “It’s funny because when we don’t make deals, we get killed. And when we do, we’re [accused of] overpaying. It’s hard to just please everybody. But ultimately, when you make decisions and you’re overseeing a club, the thing you have to do is what you feel is best for your team. And overall, I felt this was going to help us.”

Moss comes to St Louis a year after an All-Star season, though his production hasn’t been as dominant as it was in 2014. Moss, who can play in first base or the outfield, hit .217/.288/.407 in 94 games with Cleveland. Even so, Moss has driven in more runs (50) and hit more home runs (15) than any of his new teammates in St. Louis.

More notably, Moss had a decent performance in his debut for the team last Thursday, and has since been performing well alongside other St. Louis outfielders. His presence in the team should thus be continually important for the team over the next couple of months, as the Cards seek to maintain their league-best record (currently at 69-39, .639) and a push for the playoffs.