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Matt Adams is a big man. Matt Adams is a strong man. Matt Adams hits baseballs very, very far. His three homers in only five games and 18 at-bats this season have traveled an average of 417 feet. “The Mountain” is batting a ridiculous .611 this season with five extra-base hits. Adams’ playing time has been sporadic as the Cardinals have a logjam of quality players available in the corner outfield spots and at first base. He’s only started and finished two games, being replaced in his other two starts.
Adams started out hot last season too, being called up May 20, starting 14 of his first 16 games and hitting .294/.357/.510 with 15 hits, two homers and five doubles. In his next 11 games (nine starts), Adams hit .171/.171/.200 with only one extra-base hit, 12 strikeouts and no walks. So manager Mike Matheny knows how to approach this situation, and he’ll only plug in Adams when he believes he’ll have a chance to succeed.
For now, Adams mak...