Matt Adams is ready for the 2015 season to get rolling. So what should we expect from the big guy?
I expect we will get a lot of what we saw last year … with less injury and more relaxation. One full year in the majors and marrying your high school sweetheart could do that for a guy! And I’m thinking that’s what we’re going to get. Big City Things! Lots of it!
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According to an interview with Brian Stull of STLBaseballWeekly.com, Matt has been working hard in the batting cages since December to work on getting the bat on pitches that he had real problems with during the 2014 season. Pitches like change-ups, curveballs and sliders. Much like lions, tigers and bears, those pitches left many a Cardinal fan saying Oh My for Matt. It wasn’t pretty. And it wasn’t pretty for him as he suffered through oblique pain through much of the last of the season.
As you’d imagine, he sounds pretty confident about getting to spring and getting started. The powerful lefty does take great pride in the fact that, of the three postseason, two came against two of the best lefties in the game in Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner. Adams noted to Stull that he’s OK with whatever Mike Matheny calls for in regards to the line-up and whether or not Mark Reynolds might be a better choice.
Adams told Stull, “We’re tweaking some stuff, trying to make it better. … It all comes down to just getting out there and just seeing the live arms. Doing some stuff in the cage and then just really narrow it down when we start the live batting practice down in Jupiter.”
Matt concluded with this statement that should make fans happy. “I think as long as I continue to go out there and play the game that I know how to play and continue to believe in myself, I think it’s going to be a fun season.”
He sounds confident, healthy and ready to go. I’m definitely excited to see how the big guy does this season. Hopefully, it is a lot of hits. Big hits. Big homers, too! But most importantly, just a good, healthy season. The Cardinals need that from him.