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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%: 98/88 | Average Draft Position: 115.49
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Matt Adams keeps hitting well in loss Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 2 for 4 with a walk and a double in his team's 6-3 loss to the Cubs Friday.

Adams has yet to hit a home run this season, but he's been excellent at the plate even without the long ball, hitting .378/.425/.514 in 37 at-bats. He has six multihit performances in his 10 games this season, and the power should follow eventually.


Matt Adams homers, doubles to remain hot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has emerged from a mid-spring slump in style. His hot streak reached a fever pitch Saturday against Houston when he blasted his third home run and drove in three to give him nine RBI in exhibition play. He added his second double of the spring.

Matt Adams having productive spring despite recent slide


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has gone without a hit in his last three games after opening the spring with a six-game hitting streak. Adams' recent slide (0 for 7) has dropped his spring average from .438 to .304.

Adams has connected for one home run and has totaled five RBI in nine games. He has one run, five strikeouts and no walks.


Cardinals players arriving to camp early


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Cardinals hitters Oscar Taveras and Matt Adams, and pitcher Trevor Rosenthal have already reported to camp, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The team's official report date for pitchers and catchers is February 12. Position players are to report February 17. It's encouraging that all three players showed up early, as they are all facing crucial seasons.

Adams is looking to capitalize after a breakout season. He's set to be the team's primary first baseman this season, and will get a full workload for the first time in his career. Adams hit .284/.335/.503 in 296 at-bats last season.

Taveras enters the year looking to break camp with the major-league club. While he's the team's best prospect, the Peter Bourjos trade may have pushed him out of a starting role. But if Taveras can play well enough during the spring, he could easily find himself in some type of role once the season begins.

Rosenthal will look to improve after a strong rookie season. He wound up closing games at the end of last year, but was used as a starter early last spring. It's unclear if the team will try to utilize Rosenthal as a starter again, or if he's strictly a bullpen guy now. He put up a strong 2.63 ERA in 75 1/3 innings.


Matt Adams happy with offseason workout results


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams said he lost about six pounds this offseason, but he did reshape his body and slim down by dropping body fat, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I’m sticking with it," he said of the program he followed this winter. "It benefited me last year, and I want to gain ground on it this year and keep it going. It’s a combination of doing some good workouts with my guys in contact with Pete (Prinzi) and going from there."


Matt Adams gets the start over Allen Craig


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2013) As expected, Matt Adams was in the starting lineup over Allen Craig at first base in Game 3 of the World Series against the Red Sox in St. Louis.

Craig, who is working back from a foot injury, served as the designated hitter in Game 1 and 2. He could be available as a pinch hitter and may see some action in the outfield or first base in Game 4 and 5 for the Cardinals.


Matt Adams homers in Game 5 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams extended his team's two-run lead to four runs with a two-run home run in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Pirates, which the Cardinals would go on to win 6-1.

Adams had yet to drive in a run in the series before Wednesday's eighth-inning homer, yet he played an important part in his team's advancement to the National League Championship Series by hitting .316/.381/.526 and scoring three times in 19 at-bats.

Adams enters the NLCS against the Dodgers with zero at-bats against Game 1 starter Zack Greinke and Game 2 starter Clayton Kershaw in his career.


Matt Adams ending on a high note


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/26/2013) If there's one player whose September performance has dramatically improved his stock for 2014, it's Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams.

I already liked him as a sleeper with Carlos Beltran entering free agency but thought I was reaching when I ranked him 20th at the position for 2014 just a couple weeks ago. He had done OK in a part-time role but hadn't exactly made headlines since homering three times way back in Fantasy Week 2 (April 8-14).

But since taking over at first base for an injured Allen Craig Sept. 4, that's all he's done, batting .338 (26 for 77) with eight homers and a 1.038 OPS. Maybe he just needed the repetition of an everyday role to lock in the swing that made him a .318 hitter with a .927 OPS over his minor-league career.

If there's an organization I trust with the development of young hitters, it's the Cardinals. They've struck gold the last two years with Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter, and you could argue Adams has a better pedigree than both. He's 25 and proving he's ready right at the time they have an opening for him. It's like they planned it all along.

I'm beginning to wonder if 20th is high enough.


Matt Adams blasts 17th home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams hit his 17th home run in Wednesday's win over Washington. 

Adams finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and the solo shot. Adams is hitting .285/.337/.511 on the season, a testament to the depth of St. Louis's minor league system.


Matt Adams homers in return to starting lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 3 for 5 with a ninth-inning home run and three RBI in his return to the starting lineup Friday. He served as a pinch-hitter Thursday while dealing with an elbow injury suffered in Wednesday's game.

Adams owns a .280/.336/.496 line with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in just 264 at-bats.


Matt Adams back Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has returned to the starting lineup Friday.

Adams had been dealing with an elbow injury, and did not start Thursday. He was able to pinch hit, and is ready to return. He will hit fourth and play first base. Adams is hitting .274 in 259 at-bats. 


Matt Adams singles off bench, could start Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams entered Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Rockies as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning before singling in the ninth and being replaced by a pinch runner.

Adams, who left Wednesday's game with a sore elbow, could rejoin the team's starting lineup for Friday's game against the Brewers. Manager Mike Matheny said Thursday that Adams has been dealing with the sore elbow for months, MLB.com reports.

"I think he's been managing it for a couple months," Matheny told MLB.com. "I can't remember the last time I saw him swing and miss and not do something to his elbow. So, they're going to continue to look at it. I think he also realizes right now that you just got to push [through it]."

Adams' single Thursday gives him a .274/.329/.483 line with 14 home runs and 45 RBI in 259 at-bats.


Matt Adams out with elbow injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Rockies. 

Adams had to leave Wednesday's game due to an elbow injury. He'll be replaced at first by Yadier Molina. Adams is hitting .271 in 258 at-bats. 


Matt Adams comes up with sore elbow


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams had to leave Wednesday's game in Colorado after three at-bats due to right elbow soreness, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He is day to day. 

Adams went 0 for 3 before leaving the game and also made an error in the field. He's batting .271 on the year for the Cardinals. 

The 25-year-old snapped a three-game hit streak in which he'd gone 6 for 14 with a homer and three RBI. 


Matt Adams goes deep in victory


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Cardinals infielder Matt Adams continues to make the most of his playing time, as he went deep yet again Wednesday in a win over the Brewers. 

Adams hit his 13th home run of the season in the eighth inning to provide some cushion in a 5-1 win. He drove in two with the longball, his only hit of the game. Adams finished the game 1 for 3 with two RBI, a run scored and a walk, while striking out one. 


Matt Adams comes up big after injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was pressed into duty Wednesday against the Reds, after Allen Craig was forced to leave the game with a foot injury. And his presence proved to be decisive in a 5-4, extra-innings win.

Adams entered the game in the bottom of the fourth and racked up five at-bats in a 16-inning marathon. He came up with a pair of huge hits, as he put the Cardinals up in both the 14th and 16th innings with solo home runs. He finished the game 2 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored from his home runs.

Adams is hitting .269 with 11 home runs in just 212 at-bats on the season.   


Slumping Matt Adams puts together strong outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams clubbed a two-run homer as part of a four-run first inning, helping St. Louis rout NL Central foe Cincinnati, 15-2, Sunday. Adams finished 2 for 5 with two runs.

Adams entered Sunday mired in a 1-for-15 slump and homered for the first time in 19 games.


Matt Adams comes through after making adjustments


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams snapped out of an offensive slide Wednesday against the Phillies, providing two hits -- one double -- and three RBI during an 11-3 win. Adams entered the game batting .242 (8 for 33) in his previous 10 games.

"I was chasing (pitches) the last couple of weeks," he said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I figured out some stuff today in (batting practice) and I stuck with it and used it in the game."


Matt Adams a worthy add


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/16/2013) Owned in 26 percent of leagues, Cardinals slugger Matt Adams is a decent add for owners looking ahead to more at-bats after the All-Star break. 

Adams, 24, is hitting .316 with seven home runs and a .917 OPS in 133 at-bats. But the relatively fragile Cardinals outfield (Matt Holliday is nursing a sore hamstring and Carlos Beltran has played 150 games in a season just once since 2009) has been surprisingly healthy, which means either we'll see some type of aberration this year or -- the more likely scenario -- someone is due to get hurt. 

The Cardinals can shift Allen Craig to the outfield and slot Adams at first base, so it's a clean replacement if anything happens. And that's where the trouble with Adams comes in: You can't bank on an injury. But there's still a good chance of one happening. 

Adams is one of several players my colleague Scott White likes heading into the second half of the Fantasy season. He can be added in 12-team Roto leagues and deeper. He has the same upside as a healthy Kyle Blanks, and the two have similar potential as far as power and average. Know the downside of the Adams addition (possible bench role if nobody gets hurt), but if he gets at-bats, he will be a Fantasy force in the second half.  


Matt Adams back in action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was back in action Tuesday night against the Angels after missing Sunday's game because of food poisoning.

Adams doubled in the fourth inning for his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 4 in a 5-1 loss. He is hitting .314 with six homers and 20 RBI in 102 at-bats.

Matt Adams back in the lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams returned to the starting lineup Tuesday night against the Angels after missing Sunday's game with a stomach virus. Adams is hitting .316/.362/.571 with six homers and 20 RBI in 98 at-bats.

Matt Adams scratched with stomach issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has been scratched from Sunday's starting lineup with a stomach issue caused by bad salmon, Fox Sports Midwest reports. Adams had been in line to make his first start against a left-hander this season.

Matt Adams leads Cardinals to easy win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2013) Cardinals infielder Matt Adams had a huge day Saturday against the Athletics, as he drove in four runs in a 7-1 win.

Adams drove in three runs with a home run in the sixth inning, and followed up with a solo shot in the eight. Adams added a walk to finish the game 2 for 3 with three runs scored. 

Adams has six home runs on the season, though just three of them have come since April 15. Adams is hitting .320 with a .943 OPS in 97 at-bats. 


Matt Adams ready to play


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is going to receive a lot of the playing time during interleague play, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The team will be playing eight interleague games starting Tuesday, and Adams is expected to receive regular playing time. Adams is likely to be used as the team's DH, but will see some time in the field. Though Adams has seen his playing time decline after a strong April, the team has no plans to get him regular at-bats in Triple-A Memphis. Manager Mike Matheny said Adams has already proven himself at Triple-A, so there would be no reason to send him down.

Adams is hitting .314/.344/.535 in 86 at-bats. 


Matt Adams gets another start


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2013) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, who had gone nearly two months without a homer before connecting for a three-run shot Thursday, got a start for the first time since then Tuesday at the Mets.

His insertion into the lineup bumped usual first baseman Allen Craig to right field. Carlos Beltran got the day off.