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32 Matt Adams 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/230 | Birthdate: 8/31/1988 | Birthplace: Philipsburg, PA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: St. Louis | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 64/31 | Average Draft Position: 177.87
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Cardinals 1B Matt Adams breaks out of slump with home run


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning of Wednesday night's 9-0 win against the Mets. 

Adams took a 3-1 pitch deep to right field for his fourth home run of the season. It's his first homer since April 30. Before this game, he'd been in a slump. After going 2 for 5 with three RBI, Adams is nw hitting .250/.277/.379. 

Since May 1, however, Adams has a batting average of just .182. 


Kolten Wong back in leadoff spot, Matt Adams at cleanup for Cards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) With Peter Bourjos resting after facing left-hander Jonathon Niese, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny inserted second baseman Kolten Wong back in the leadoff spot Wednesday night against the Mets.

With Wong back in the leadoff spot, Matheny moved Randal Grichuk to the eighth spot. Matt Adams also returned to the lineup and is batting cleanup against Bartolo Colon and the Mets.

Wong is hitting .339 (21 for 62) with four homers and 13 RBI over his last 16 games. Adams is hitting .105 (4 for 38) with nine strikeouts over his last 13 games played.


Cardinals 1B Matt Adams sits on Tuesday vs. left-hander


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams will be out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Mets. Mark Reynolds will get the start in his place.

With the Mets throwing a left-hander on the mound Tuesday, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was quick to dismiss any thoughts of a possible platoon. He told MLB Network Radio that he does believe Adams will hit left-handed pitching on a "consistent basis". 

Nevertheless, Adams will sit on Tuesday. This season, Adams has just three hits (zero home runs) in 20 at-bats against left-handed pitching. 


Cardinals 1B Matt Adams not in starting lineup on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Despite facing a right-hander on the mound Friday, Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is absent from the starting lineup against the Tigers. Adams typically sits against left-handers, but Mark Reynolds will get the start at first base while batting fifth on Friday. 

No injury has been reported as of yet, so it appears to just be a day of rest after starting five straight games. 


Cardinals' Adams in lineup vs. lefty, Heyward drops to eighth


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates despite his team facing a southpaw.

It's just the third start of the season, including Opening Day, for Adams against a lefty. He's just 2 for 16 this season against southpaws. Adams usually cedes first base to Mark Reynolds in matchups against lefties, but Reynolds is manning third base with Matt Carpenter sidelined.

Right fielder Jason Heyward has been dropped to eighth in the lineup for Sunday's game. It's the first time this season the lefty hitter has batted eighth, as he's generally served as the team's No. 6 hitter over the two weeks after opening the season as the No. 2 hitter.

The Cardinals are underdogs (+105) in Pittsburgh Sunday.


With tough lefty on the mound, Cardinals 1B Adams takes a seat


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams will take a seat on Friday, as he is out of the lineup against the Pirates. Left-hander Francisco Liriano is on the bump for Pittsburgh, so manager Mike Matheny is limiting his lineup of lefty swingers. 

Adams is hitting .364 (12 for 33) over his last nine games, but he'll get the night off. Mark Reynolds will get the start at first, though he is just 1 for 15 lifetime against Liriano.


Cardinals sit Jon Jay, Matt Adams, Kolten Wong vs. lefty


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay, first baseman Matt Adams and second baseman Kolten Wong are out of the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Cubs and lefty Jon Lester.

Jay has made six straight starts in the leadoff spot but will cede the top of the order to Peter Bourjos Wednesday. Adams was also on the bench in the team's recent two games against lefty starters Saturday and Monday, and he'll sit for a third time in the last five games in favor of Mark Reynolds. Wong has started 24 of the team's 26 games at second base but will sit for the second time in a four-game span.

The Cardinals are favorites (-119) at home against the Cubs Wednesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals' 1B Matt Adams returns to starting lineup Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Matt Adams was back in the Cardinals' starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Cubs. With lefty Travis Wood on the mound Monday, manager Mike Matheny opted to rest the slugging first baseman.

Now, with the Cardinals facing right-hander Kyle Kendricks on Tuesday, Adams returned to the cleanup spot in the lineup, playing first base. Adams has been heating up lately, going 12 for his last 25 with a home run and seven RBI in that stretch.


Cardinal rest Matt Adams, Jason Heyward vs. LHP Francisco Liriano


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams and outfielder Jason Heyward received the day off Saturday against Francisco Liriano and the Pirates, per the team's official website.

Adams is hitting .208 (5 for 24) with a double, a triple and three strikeouts this season against left-handers. Adams is slashing .192.241/.256 with no home runs and no RBI this season. Mark Reynolds took his place and was slotted in the No. 5 hole in the lineup.

Heyward is a .263 hitter against southpaws this season. He is slashing .212/.272/.341 with two homers and four RBI over 92 plate appearances. Jon Jay will be moved to right field and will bat leadoff for the Cardinals.

St. Louis is considered a slight underdog (+100) at home against Pittsburgh, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals 1B Matt Adams drives three runs in Thursday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams collected three hits, including a home run during Thursday's 9-3 win over the Phillies.

Adams connected off Phillies starter David Buchanan for a two-run home run in the third inning. Adams finished the game 3 for 5 with three RBI. He is now batting .304 on the season. Adams has had multiple hits in three-consecutive games.


Cardinals' Matt Adams doubles twice in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 2 for 4 with two doubles and one RBI in his team's 5-2 win over the Phillies Wednesday.

"The ball he hit to center was smashed," manager Mike Matheny said of Adams’ second-inning double Wednesday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You see him with a nice, short stroke. I’d like to ride that for a while."

Adams, who has delivered three multihit performances in his last four games, credits his recent success to adjustments made after watching video.

"I got with John Mabry and David Bell (Cardinals hitting coaches), watched some video from a couple of years back and noticed some things," Adams said. "I made those adjustments, took it into our work and BP, and it’s transferring into the games right now. It feels good."

Adams was hitting just .229 after Saturday's game, but his line is up to .281/.319/.438 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 64 at-bats.


Cardinals 1B Matt Adams cranks out three hits in win over Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams made his presence felt with his first three-hit performance of the season, leading his club to an 11-5 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday.

Adams singled in a run in the opening frame and drove in another run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. He added a single and a double and finished 3 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. He has five hits over his last 12 at-bats. He is hitting .267 with two homers, 10 RBI and a .308 on-base percentage to start the season.


Cardinals' Matt Adams still looking for first hit against lefty


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams struck out twice against Phillies southpaw Cole Hamels Monday, making him 0 for 8 with five strikeouts against lefties this season, MLB.com reports.

"We're giving Matt a chance to keep working and finding something positive to come from some left-handed at-bats. But right now they're hard to come by," manager Mike Matheny said. "Once again, we're not throwing some shabby lefties at him either. He's seeing some tough ones. I know that's frustrating for him."

Adams' other start against a lefty came against Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. If he continues to struggle against lefties, the first baseman could start losing playing time to Mark Reynolds when a southpaw is on the mound.

"You have to give him a chance to go out there and do it, and then we make adjustments as we go," Matheny said. "Depending on what those at-bats look like … and right now Matt's in a tough spot and is going to have to keep working and figure out how to get it done when he has the opportunities."

Adams has hit .232/.283/.357 with two home runs and eight RBI in 56 at-bats.


Cardinals 1B Matt Adams out of Saturday's lineup for rest


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams will get a day off for rest against the Brewers and pitcher Wily Peralta on Saturday. Mark Reynolds will get the start in his place.

Adams has started 12 of the Cardinals' 15 games coming into Saturday.

Adams is 3 for 19 (.158) in his career against Peralta (Reynolds has never faced the right hander).

Cardinals' Matt Adams slugs second homer in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 2 for 5 with a double, a home run and two RBI in his team's 7-5 win over the Nationals Wednesday.

Adams delivered his first double of the season in the third inning, driving in a run to increase his team's lead to 4-0. After his team was able to retake a lead with a run in the eighth inning, the first baseman added an insurance run with his second home run of the season in the ninth.

Adams's two base hits were his first since smacking his first home run of the year back on April 11. He has hit .225/.279/.400 with two home runs and six RBI in 40 at-bats.


Cardinals' Matt Adams returns to lineup Friday vs. Reds' Cueto


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams returned to the lineup Friday night against the Reds after receiving the night off on Thursday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Adams, who will bat cleanup, is hitting .167 (4 for 24) with a home run and two RBI in seven games this season. He is a .364 (4 for 11) lifetime hitter with one home run against Johnny Cueto, Friday's starter for Cincinnati.


Cardinals 1B Matt Adams rests for second time in eight games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) For just the second time in eight games this season, Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was left out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Brewers. Mark Reynolds made his second start at first base.

Adams is off to a slow start in 2015, batting .167 (4 for 24) with one home run, two RBI, two runs, two walks and five strikeouts in seven games.


Matt Adams not in Cardinals lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

Adams had a big day Saturday, going 2 for 4 wth a home run after entering the day hitless in nine at-bats. Mark Reynolds will take his spot at first base Sunday.

The Cardinals are favorites (-115) in Cincinnati Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals 1B Matt Adams slugs first home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-1 win over the Reds Saturday.

Not only was the home run the first of the season, it was his first hit, having entered play Saturday 0 for 9 in his first three games and flying out in his first at-bat. He also kicked in a single in the ninth inning before being replaced by a pinch runner.

"I got to the park early, and my early work felt good," Adams said after the game, per the Associated Press. "It carried over into the game. He left a changeup up, and I was able to get the barrel through it."

Adams will look to build off Saturday's success in Sunday's series finale.


Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta batting cleanup vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is batting cleanup for Sunday's season opener against the Cubs.

Peralta took just 74 of his 560 at-bats from the fourth spot in the lineup last season but will fill the role in the team's regular-season debut.

The full Cardinals lineup: 3B Matt Carpenter, RF Jason Heyward, LF Matt Holliday, SS Peralta, 1B Matt Adams, C Yadier Molina, 2B Kolten Wong, CF Jon Jay, SP Adam Wainwright.


Cardinals power hitter Matt Adams still working on bunting


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was tasked with getting more comfortable with bunting this spring. So far, Adams is still learning the ropes and trying to put the ball on the ground, reports MLB.com.

"If I can get it down and it can be successful, it may move a couple of guys [on defense] to the left more, and that opens up the hole on the right side," Adams said. "I think if the situation calls for it, I'll try it. But I'm not going to sit here and worry about bunting. I'm not going to go out of my way to do it."

Adams knows it's not the strength of his game.

"Everybody is wondering if I'm going to bunt or not," Adams said. "I've been working on it in here, but my strength is driving the ball to the gaps."

Adams wants to be able to drive the ball everywhere in the park and has worked on his timing this offseason to do so.

"Last year, there were balls that if I was in the spot I am this year, I would have been able to drive them," said Adams, who had only one opposite-field home run and 11 extra-base hits to left last season. "Last year, I wasn't staying behind the ball and was getting out in front just to poke the ball into left field for a base hit. I went into the offseason working on staying behind the ball better, which enables me to drive the ball to left-center. I think that's going to help me out big-time."


Cardinals' Matheny wants Heyward, Adams to gain confidence vs. LHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Cardinals slugger Matt Adams is tired of hearing folks say he can't hit left-handed pitchers. But the numbers don't lie. He is batting just .197 off lefties in his major-league career, as opposed to .306 against righties.

“People think I can’t hit lefties,” he said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Coming up through the minors, I hit them. But that’s totally different. Hitting lefties in the minors and hitting lefties in the big leagues is different. The confidence for me is there, in the back of my mind. I know what I can do. That hasn’t changed. This is where I definitely have to focus and put the hammer to it.”

Adams isn't the only starter for St. Louis that struggles against lefties. Outfielder Jason Heyward hit just .169 against lefties in 2014. However, manager Mike Matheny isn't a fan of platooning either player.

“There are certain guys that you don’t want to platoon,” Matheny said. “There are guys you don’t want to have off the field, and I think that’s what they want. They want to be the guy who doesn’t come off the field. They want to be out there all the time. Both of them have shown it in the past that they can have success against left-handed pitching. It’s just a matter of getting them comfortable. With our lineup they’re going to throw a lot of (lefties) at us. Maybe that will help generate that confidence.”


Matheny: Cardinals' Matt Adams must get comfortable with bunting


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Thursday he hopes slugger Matt Adams will bunt more in 2015 as a way to beat infield shifts, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I don't want him to show it more. I want him to execute it more," Matheny said. "He showed it. It just wasn't very effective. He's going to have to lay it down and lay it down fair.

"The guys have to buy into it. If he wants to keep hitting into the shift, don't try to beat it. The only way to beat it is what (Cubs first baseman Anthony) Rizzo did to us. He's got to make us think when he says, 'I'll take a single all day long.' It's smart, in my opinion.

"He's got to be confident. He worked a lot last year. We'll continue to work on it this year to see if he can become  more comfortable with it."


Cardinals' Matt Adams hits solo shot in losing effort


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams hit a home run Thursday against the Giants.

Adams struck in the top of the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Adams clubbed a 78 mph curveball from Madison Bumgarner out to right for the solo shot. It was Adams' only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Matt Adams smacks three-run home run in NLDS clincher


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams wenet 1 for 3 with a three-run home run in his team's 3-2 Game 4 win over the Dodgers Tuesday as the Cardinals advance to the National League Championship Series by a three-games-to-one margin.

The Cardinals could get nothing going against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw through the first six innings, but after two guys quickly reached base in the seventh, Adams delivered a blast into the home bullpen in right field to put St. Louis ahead for good. The Cardinals will face the winner of the Giants-Nationals series in the NLCS.