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Pujols and Holliday deliver with two out

The two big bats in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup have been driving in runs with two outs in 2010.

Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)Much has been written this season about the poor productivity with runners in scoring position by the middle of the St. Louis Cardinals lineup, especially clean-up hitter Matt Holliday. Further, fans seem to be eagerly awaiting the day that both hitters get in their groove at the same time.

Perhaps those criticisms should be retired already – at least regarding those times when the Cardinals have two outs.

In the National League, Albert Pujols and Holliday are currently ranked first and tied for second, respectively, in two-out RBI this season. Number three hitter Pujols has 29 and with 28, clean-up hitter Holliday is right behind. Holliday is knotted with former Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus, now with Atlanta.

In those two-out situations, Pujols is batting .313 after his two-run home run in the ninth-inning Friday night in Houston. Holliday’s .359 average with two outs is the best in the entire National League.

On the current road trip to Colorado and Houston, Holliday is batting .389 with a 1.111 slugging percentage, including four home runs and eight RBI.

A non flat-billed cap tip to Cardinals media relations for the research.

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