Matt Adams Home Run Watch Continues As The St. Louis Cardinals' Rookie Remains In The Lineup

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.

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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.

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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.

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