Hitters to Target for the 2nd-Half

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Hitters to Target for the 2nd-Half
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Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals: Most anyone with a platform to predict such things predicted 30-plus homers for Adams in 2014, which makes the 10 he has heading into the break (or at least the final weekend before the break) a bit of a letdown. But he's looked more like the breakthrough slugger he was touted to be in 26 games since returning from a calf injury in mid-June, hitting seven of those home runs to go along with a .358 (34 for 95) batting average. The last three have come against left-handed pitchers, which is especially encouraging with the Cardinals attempting to fit four players into three spots with Oscar Taveras in the mix. If Adams proves competent against lefties and continues to give the Cardinals the power they've lacked all season, he'll play. I'm a little skeptical of the batting average, as any observer of BABIP would be, but the overall production I'm convinced will go up...

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