Matt Adams was 3-4 with two doubles in the St. Louis Cardinals' Friday loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, raising his still-useless MLB numbers to .318/.375/.455 in six games since being called up as the team's replacement for—in order—Lance Berkman, Allen Craig, and Matt Carpenter. Adams, who hit .340/.375/.603 in 37 games with AAA Memphis this year, and slugged 32 home runs the year before in AA, is obviously a solid contact hitter who can pound line drive doubles, but he's also 6'3 and somewhat heavier than the 230 pounds at which he is listed.â†µ
That means fans who've been waiting for the rookie to make his debut since he started popping up on Future Redbirds have only one thing on their minds: More dingers. That he hasn't hit his first MLB home run in almost a week of big-league starts is beginning to weigh weirdly heavy on my Cardinals fandom, despite his solid play so far.
I need a long home run, preferably up the batter's eye in dead center field; it's what will finally convince me that Matt Adams is going to play a major role on this team in 2012, a year earlier than I expected. Until then, I just feel like I'm watching a much baggier version of Matt Carpenter lace doubles down the lines. Baseball fandom is irrational like that.