Trio of Cardinals to Represent National League in All-Star Game
ST. LOUIS - Three members of the St. Louis Cardinals will be heading to Phoenix, Arizona for the All-Star Game Despite on July 12. Fans selected Lance Berkman to the National League's starting lineup and selected Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina as reserves. Holliday was in the running for a starting position but was beat out on the final day by Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers).
Berkman, who had a difficult year in 2010, has become a key player to the Cardinals and is being considered to be a contender for the National League's Most Valuable Player award. Currently Berkman has 21 home runs and a .602 batting average, ranking second in the NL for both. He also ranks fifth in the league with his 59 RBIs which has helped Cardinals lineup while Holliday and Albert Pujols have been on the disabled list.
The 2011 All-Star game will mark the sixth appearance by Berkman and his third start for the National League.
This will be the fourth straight year the Cardinals have sent more than one representative to the All-Star Game and had at least one Cardinal in the starting lineup for the NL.
Holliday has been named to five All-Star Games where Molina will be on the roster for the third time. Albert Pujols who is still suffering from a broke bone in his left wrist was leading first base balloting but will not appear in this year's contest due to the injury.