St Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams abruptly took over his starting role on Sept. 4, when Allen Craig went down with an injury at the Cincinnati Reds. With Craig still unable to play in the field, Adams must step up as the World Series against the Boston Red Sox shifts to Busch Stadium.
Going into that Sept. 4 game, the Cardinals were one game up on the Reds in the NL Central and two games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. Craig’s injury in the fourth inning seemed like a devastating loss. The tight game went into extra innings tied 3-3. Adams hit a home run in the 14th to give the Cardinals a lead that Edward Mujica promptly gave up. When he came up again in the 16th, he hit another solo shot. That one stood up, as Carlos Martinez preserved the win.
In the final 23 regular-season games, Adams had six more homeruns and 13 RBIs. His play at first base prompted David Freese to adjust his nickname to “Big Kitty.” He was on a roll and helped his team win the division title.
In this postseason, none of the Cardinal bats have been especially hot, yet they have managed to bring home a tied series. With Craig probably available only as a pinch hitter for the next three games, Adams must recapture the spark that helped carry his team over a rough stretch. It’s crunch time. A lot is riding on this rookie’s young shoulders, but they look big enough to handle it. It’s time for Big Kitty to tear some Red Sox to shreds.
Sara Lefebvre is a St Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.