St. Louis Cardinals: Welcome back, Matt Adams!
The smell of salsa and potential postseason games is in the air, so the St. Louis Cardinals decided to bring back a former player in Matt Adams.
Since being traded to the Atlanta Braves by the St. Louis Cardinals after playing in 31 games last season, Matt Adams has been playing some overall solid baseball.
After the trade, Adams hit 19 home runs and drove in 58 in 100 games with a triple slash line of .271/.315/.543 with a wRC+ of 115.
This season has been more of the same as Big City has 18 home runs and 48 RBI in 92 games and a triple slash line of .257/.332/.510 with a wRC+ of 123.
However, Adams has been mired in a nasty slump lately. This month Adams is hitting .061 in 33 at-bats, shocking as he had never hit below .260 in a month during this season and kept an on-base percentage above .330.
Maybe the increased bench role threw off his timing as his nine games off the bench is his most since March/April.
Then again, it is not like Adams was an everyday starter aside from when usual Washington Nationals starters were dealing with injuries in May and he started in 21 of his 26 games that month.
Unsurprisingly that was Adams’ most productive month as he slugged .627 with 9 home runs and drove in 22.
But just how will Matt Adams fit in among these rejuvenated Redbirds?
Well, Adams will be taking Patrick Wisdom‘s place on the bench as the club just announced Wisdom being optioned to Memphis.
Starting at-bats will be hard to come by as Matt Carpenter and his salsa are a lock and Jose Martinez has been performing well when he gets a chance to start.
With Marcell Ozuna, another left field appearance is out of the question, although he has played there 15 times this season.
Adams does bring legitimate power from the left side of the plate which could mean “Good Guy” Greg Garcia sees less at-bats.
Even if you are not a fan of this move, at least you have an excuse to watch Adams’ legendary postseason home run on repeat.