Adams signed with the Nationals on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Adams spent the first part of last season in Washington, hitting .257/.332/.510 in 94 games. That line was good for a 123 wRC+, a number which would have been his highest since 2013 had his season ended at that point. A very poor showing after being flipped to St. Louis hurt his final numbers, but he has a good fit with the Nationals and could be poised to succeed again. He forms a natural platoon with Ryan Zimmerman at first base, neutralizing the effect of his career .596 OPS against lefties and allowing him to post decent numbers in a part-time role.
Adams went 2-for-4 with a walk in a win over the Pirates on Tuesday. The veteran has been solid at the plate over the last several games, going 5-for-16 with three home runs and seven RBI over his last four starts. Adams has been drawing starts as part of the domino effect of Jedd Gyorko's absence due to a groin injury, but the latter's return later this week may push Matt Carpenter back to first base and revert Adams to a reserve role in the process.
Adams went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning in Monday's win over the Pirates. The homer was Adams' 21st of the season and third since his trade to the Cardinals. After going 22 straight games without a long ball, Adams has been hot of late, going deep three times in the past four games. He'll likely get the chance to keep his power surge going with two straight righties lined up to take the hill for the Pirates.
Adams went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Nationals. Adams took Tanner Roark deep twice in this one, putting the Cardinals up early with his three-run homer in the first inning before extending the team's lead with his solo shot in the fifth. The veteran slugger was in a 3-for-44 funk heading into Wednesday, so he'll look to build off the momentum from his two-homer effort.
Adams is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds. Adams will move to the bench after three straight starts with Matt Carpenter moving over from the left side of the infield to his normal post at first base. The Cardinals are still unsettled at third base with Jedd Gyorko (groin) on the disabled list, so Adams should benefit from at least a part-time role until the team reclaims health at the hot corner.