ST. LOUIS (AP) - Defense has always been enough to keep Yadier Molina in the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup. This season, the youngest of 3 catching brothers in the major leagues has been more impressive with his bat.
Molina has won the last two National League Gold Gloves with an arm that discourages base-stealers from even trying and a devastating pick-off move to first base.
So far this year, he also has 22 RBIs and a .301 average that goes up to .325 with runners in scoring position.
Molina had three RBIs on Sunday at Pittsburgh, two days after getting four hits and four RBIs in another victory over the Pirates. During the last homestand, he came through with the go-ahead hit in consecutive games.