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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: 3 | Owned/Started%: 90/69 | Average Draft Position: 177.25
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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.


Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams back in the lineup


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) After sitting out with a stomach bug, both Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams returned to the Cardinals' starting lineup for Monday's game at the Cubs. Neither player has appeared in a game since Friday.

Matt Carpenter, Matt Adams out Saturday with illness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter and first baseman Matt Adams are not in the starting lineup Saturday due to stomach illness, MLB.com reports.

Matt Adams returns to lineup Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, after missing one game with an oblique injury. This has been an ongoing issue for Adams, who is hitting just .189 in 11 September games. 

Matt Adams sits with oblique issue


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) FOXSports.com reports that Matt Adams is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Sunday due to a tight oblique. Daniel Descalso got the nod at first base against the Rockies in Adams' absence.

Adams missed a pair of games earlier this month due to the same issue.


Matt Adams sitting Friday against lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is out of the lineup for the Friday night game against Colorado left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.

Adams is batting .191 against southpaws this season.


Hitters to start in Week 24


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 24 (Sept. 8-14)? Russell Martin, Matt Adams, Scooter Gennett, Luis Valbuena, J.J. Hardy and Mookie Betts are just of the few of the ones I recommend in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

To find out why, be sure to check it out.


Matt Adams slugs 14th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 5-3 win over the Brewers Saturday.

Adams had managed just one home run since July 19 before his first-inning blast Saturday. He's slowed down considerably over the last few weeks, going just 7 for 52 in his last 15 games. Still, Adams has hit .291/.321/.465 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 467 at-bats.


Matt Adams remains on bench Friday with oblique issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams remains out for the Friday night game in Milwaukee.

Adams has been dealing with an oblique injury. He had been in a 7-for-52 slump and had not managed a multi-hit game since Aug. 18.


Matt Adams delaing with strained oblique


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters that first baseman Matt Adams is dealing with a strained oblique, according to FOX Sports Midwest. He was not in the lineup Thursday and is listed as day to day. He is hitting .292 with 13 homers and 57 RBI on the year.

Matt Adams ends power drought in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams provided some rare power Friday, in a 5-4 loss to the Phillies.

Adams homered for the first time since mid-July, as he slugged a solo homer in the third inning to extend an early lead. He finished the game 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout as the Cardinals fell.

Adams still ranks third in the National League with a .309 batting average, but he has just 13 home runs in 421 at-bats, compared, to 17 in 296 at-bats a year ago. 


Matt Adams ranks second in NL with .329 average at break


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams enters the All-Star break with the second-best batting average in the National League, hitting .329/.345/.532 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 301 at-bats.

Adams has delivered elite production for the Cardinals despite drawing just nine walks during his 316 plate appearances, which gives him the second-lowest walk rate in the majors during the first half of the season. That, and a fortunate .376 BABIP, could precipitate a second-half swoon, though he hasn't cooled off a bit in July, hitting .347/.385/.551 with two home runs and eight RBI in 49 at-bats this month.


Hitters to target for the second half


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/13/2014) Need a sleeper for the second half? Matt Adams, Martin Prado, Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and C.J. Cron are some of my favorites.

Check out my latest column to find out why.


Matt Adams clubs career-best four hits


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams totaled a career-best four hits during an 8-4 loss Sunday against Miami. Adams had an RBI double, one run and one stolen base.

Adams entered play Sunday with four hits in his previous five July games (17 at-bats).


Oscar Taveras recall to impact PT for some St. Louis players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny talked to the media Monday following the recall of outfielder Oscar Taveras from Triple-A Memphis.

"We’re trying to generate some offense," Matheny said. "I don’t think this is going to be exactly like we saw before when we had him up where it was, 'Here you go, you’re going to be in there every day.' But we’re going to have to find some considerable time for him."

Taveras' promotion means Allen Craig will likely lose some playing time in right field and Matt Adams could lose some playing time to Craig at first base.

"I think it’s going to be shared around," Matheny said. "We’re not ruling out an occasional day in centerfield if things line up perfectly with the right style pitcher that we think is going to produce more groundballs, depending on the field. For example, the park here in San Francisco is not very conducive to a non-centerfielder who plays centerfield. It’s a big yard to cover. We’re not ruling out that’s an option.

"We’re also going to try and get everybody else a day here and there and kind of spread it around. We’re going to try and be as creative as possible to get him playing time and make sure our other guys are getting the time that they deserve as well."


Matt Adams slugging .707 in 16 games since coming off DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams carries a seven-game hitting streak into Tuesday's series opener against the Giants. Though, Adams has put up pretty good numbers since coming off the disabled list June 13.

Adams is batting .328 with a .707 slugging percentage, 1.046 OPS, one triple, two doubles, six home runs, 10 runs and 16 RBI in 16 games (15 starts) since his return.


Matt Adams cranks two home runs, drives in six Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams came up big Monday, going 3 for 5 with two home runs and six RBI in his team's 8-0 win over the Rockies.

Adams collected his first two RBI on a single in the third inning then smacked a solo home run in the fifth. He followed up with a three-run home run two innings later. With his power swing starting to come around in June, Adams owns a .328/.337/.530 line with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 232 at-bats.


Matt Adams homers for third day in a row


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams drove an 0-2 pitch into the right-field seats Sunday and now has homered in all three games since coming off the disabled list with a calf injury. Adams' second-inning shot gave him six homers and 21 RBI this year.

Adams is batting .327/.338/.512 in 205 at-bats.


Hitters to start in Week 12


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/15/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 12 (June 16-22)? Russell Martin, Matt Adams, Howie Kendrick, Aramis Ramirez, Erick Aybar and Christian Yelich might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Matt Adams knocks fifth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) One day after homering in his return from the disabled list, Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was at it again Saturday, going 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-1 win over the Nationals.

Adams apparently used the break brought about by the calf injury to find some of his missing power after tallying just three home runs at the end of May. He has hit .328/.340/.502 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 201 at-bats.


Matt Adams homers in first game back


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams hit a home run in his return from the disabled list Friday.

Adams wasted no time getting back to work. In his first at-bat of the game, Adams clubbed a solo shot on an 87 mph changeup from Jordan Zimmermann. Adams was the only standout for St. Louis, notching two of the team's three hits and posting their only run. Adams finished the game 2 for 3, with one run and one RBI. 

Adams is hitting .330/.341/.492 over 197 at-bats.