Matt Adams had quite the weekend, didn’t he? With his bat, of course — three home runs in three games after coming off the disabled list — plus the “Field of Dreams”-like factor with his dad being in town for Father’s Day to witness all three homers in person.
Hurray for the Matts! (These two, anyway — sorry Matt Carpenter!) Four homers for the weekend! Forget all that power outage talk! The Cards are back in the slugging business! At least that’s what Mike Matheny says in this article from Alex Halsted at Cardinals.com:
“It’s not a surprise — it’s not like guys never hit any homers in their life,” Matheny said. “I think everybody just thought we were either brainwashing them not to hit home runs or else they all lost it collectively — and both of them are ridiculous. These guys are going to hit home runs.”
Well, Mike, yes, four home runs is definitely good. Progress, even. Plus it’s excellent to know that you and John Mabry aren’t brainwashing the team — because that seems creepy.
But this team still is what it is, Mike — which is not really a home-run hitting team. Jhonny Peralta still leads the team with 10. Yes, it’s just June 16, but 22 NL players, including such guys as Neil Walker and Marcell Ozuna, have 11 or more.
And even with the four homers in the past three games, the Cardinals are still last in home runs in the National League with 40. They trail the team just ahead of them, the Mets, by eight and the No. 13 team, the Padres, by 10. (The Cards also trail the No. 1 team, the Rockies, by 46.)