The offseason is practically over, as the St. Louis Cardinals’ pitchers and catchers will be reporting for spring training workouts soon. We are now left with the position battle everyone is talking about.
It’s no secret that first base is going to be a competition going into spring training this year for the St. Louis Cardinals. We have two candidates in Brandon Moss and Matt Adams. They both are kind of cut from the same mold, being big left handed power bats, who have shown some promise and struggle in their careers.
On one hand we have a guy who has come up through the Cardinals’ system and has had a lot of promise surrounding him for some time. We saw Adams come up in 2013, he became a bit of a fan favorite, as he was knocking homers left and right off of the bench. We all wondered what Adams could do with 500 at-bats, and we got our answer in 2014, as he unfortunately hit 15 homers in 527 AB.
Moss on the other hand is your veteran, who once was a promising prospect himself. He has been on several different clubs in his career, eventually sticking with the Oakland Athletics for three seasons, where he hit 76 homers in three seasons. He signed with Cleveland in 2015, hoping to help them in their quest for an AL Central title, that fizzled and he was traded to the Cardinals last July.
Neither player had a good 2015 season, as they were plagued by injuries, so both players kind of enter on even ground in 2016.
However, both players have regrouped in the offseason and are rejuvenated and ready to start the 2016 season off on the right foot. So, what does this do for the St. Louis Cardinals? Who wins the battle and is the starter on opening day? Will we have a competition, or will one guy run way with the job?
These are the questions I want to tackle today.
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