Nats-killers series #4: Matt Adams a former villain turned hero for Washington Nationals


Final week, we kickstarted a brand new collection at FBB the place we’re going to be wanting on the High 5 energetic Nats-killers, the gamers who proceed to torment the Washington Nationals at each alternative on the sector.

If you wish to make amends for the collection to date, together with the introduction and #5 in our listing, you could find the hyperlinks under. The introduction to the collection offers you the factors we’re on the lookout for within the Nats-killers and a number of the near-misses who gained’t be on the listing.

Let’s proceed our countdown with #4 on our listing of Nats-killers: Matt Adams.

On this collection, we’re going to check out their numbers towards the Nationals after which revisit their “signature” second towards the group the place they really modified the sport.

The Numbers

Technically, Adams remains to be energetic for now, having spent the primary half of the 2021 season with the Colorado Rockies. No membership picked him up after that although and it stays to be seen whether or not he’ll latch on elsewhere in 2022 as soon as a brand new Collective Bargaining Settlement is agreed upon.

Earlier than the Nationals signed him as a free agent forward of the 2018 season, Adams has produced a sensational .382/.406/.798 slash line and 218 wRC+ towards Washington in his profession to that time with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves.

With numbers like that towards them, it’s no marvel the Nationals determined to signal him earlier than the 2018 season. Regardless of a late-season commerce again to the Cardinals, Adams re-joined the Nats forward of the 2019 season and performed a good function en path to a World Collection championship.

After bouncing round once more for just a few extra seasons, Adams now has a slash line of .356/.385/.782 towards the Nationals with 11 residence runs and 30 RBIs, giving him a wRC+ of 208.

As with everybody else on this listing, that’s streaks forward of his .253/.303/.449 slash line and 100 wRC+ towards each different group within the league, making him doubly as productive towards the Nationals than he’s when he performs some other main league group.

There isn’t a lot that Adams has achieved in another way towards the Nats in his profession. Usually, he’s been a high-power, low-walk, high-strikeout man, and that’s precisely what he did towards the Nationals with the same stroll and strikeout charge, simply to the intense finish and with the ability to launch extra balls over the fence at a larger charge towards them than anyone else.

Signature Second

Whereas Adams has launched greater than his justifiable share of residence runs towards the Nationals in his profession, his most notable comes from approach again in 2014.

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Having established himself as a strong part-time participant and deadly pinch-hitter in 2013, Adams turned the starter at first base with Allen Craig transferring to proper subject to begin the season.

That was the case with Adams at first base in mid-June for the second recreation of a three-game set between the visiting Nationals and Cardinals who had been each tied for a playoff berth simply over a 3rd of the way in which by means of the season.

As the sport reached the seventh-inning stretch, a pitching duel between Stephen Strasburg and Shelby Miller had emerged with the scores tied at 1-1 heading to the underside of the seventh.

An 0-for-3 Adams led off that inning because the Nationals despatched Strasburg again out to the mound to begin the seventh at 86 pitches.

After working the rely to 3-1, Adams clubbed a house run into the bullpen in proper subject to present the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. That was a lead that they prolonged to 4-1 later that inning and went on to win with out the Nationals registering one other hit the remainder of the way in which.

As a result of groups didn’t tweet out highlights as a lot again in 2014, you’ll need to go to YouTube to search out the house run if you wish to re-live the ache once more of Adams going deep off Strasburg.

Funnily sufficient, Adams truly hit a house run in every of the three video games throughout that collection in St. Louis and all three of them had been go-ahead photographs.

His Friday and Sunday homers had been each within the backside of the second and gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead, the previous was the one run of that recreation. Honest to say that Adams loved a reasonably good collection that weekend…

Subsequent up…

Adams was a robust candidate on this listing and given how he’s taken his energy to a different stage towards the Nationals, he nearly made it inside the highest three together with his performances.

No. 3 on the listing although has had related success towards Washington in his profession however isn’t as achieved a hitter as Adams, which is why he finds himself a spot above him. If you would like a clue as to who’s subsequent, this participant considerably surprisingly picked up a tenth place MVP vote in 2019, the one time he’s ever been voted for any of the key MLB awards…

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