"If I can get it down and it can be successful, it may move a couple of guys [on defense] to the left more, and that opens up the hole on the right side," Adams said. "I think if the situation calls for it, I'll try it. But I'm not going to sit here and worry about bunting. I'm not going to go out of my way to do it."
Adams knows it's not the strength of his game.
"Everybody is wondering if I'm going to bunt or not," Adams said. "I've been working on it in here, but my strength is driving the ball to the gaps."
Adams wants to be able to drive the ball everywhere in the park and has worked on his timing this offseason to do so.
"Last year, there were balls that if I was in the spot I am this year, I would have been able to drive them," said Adams, who had only one opposite-field home run and 11 extra-base hits to left last season. "Last year, I wasn't staying behind the ball and was getting out in front just to poke the ball into left field for a base hit. I went into the offseason working on staying behind the ball better, which enables me to drive the ball to left-center. I think that's going to help me out big-time."
“People think I can’t hit lefties,” he said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Coming up through the minors, I hit them. But that’s totally different. Hitting lefties in the minors and hitting lefties in the big leagues is different. The confidence for me is there, in the back of my mind. I know what I can do. That hasn’t changed. This is where I definitely have to focus and put the hammer to it.”
Adams isn't the only starter for St. Louis that struggles against lefties. Outfielder
“There are certain guys that you don’t want to platoon,” Matheny said. “There are guys you don’t want to have off the field, and I think that’s what they want. They want to be the guy who doesn’t come off the field. They want to be out there all the time. Both of them have shown it in the past that they can have success against left-handed pitching. It’s just a matter of getting them comfortable. With our lineup they’re going to throw a lot of (lefties) at us. Maybe that will help generate that confidence.”
"I don't want him to show it more. I want him to execute it more," Matheny said. "He showed it. It just wasn't very effective. He's going to have to lay it down and lay it down fair.
"The guys have to buy into it. If he wants to keep hitting into the shift, don't try to beat it. The only way to beat it is what (Cubs first baseman Anthony) Rizzo did to us. He's got to make us think when he says, 'I'll take a single all day long.' It's smart, in my opinion.
"He's got to be confident. He worked a lot last year. We'll continue to work on it this year to see if he can become more comfortable with it."
Adams struck in the top of the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Adams clubbed a 78 mph curveball from Madison Bumgarner out to right for the solo shot. It was Adams' only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI.
The Cardinals could get nothing going against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw through the first six innings, but after two guys quickly reached base in the seventh, Adams delivered a blast into the home bullpen in right field to put St. Louis ahead for good. The Cardinals will face the winner of the Giants-Nationals series in the NLCS.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|10/7/2014 vs L.A. Dodgers|
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|vs Collmenter (Career)||1||1||0||1.000||1.000||1.000|
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|2010||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||121||464||71||144||41||0||22||88||33||78||5||1||.355||.541||.310|
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