JUPITER, Fla. -- Matt Adams is not messing around this spring training. Knowing he's the starting first baseman by virtue of Carlos Beltran's departure to New York - and thus Allen Craig relocating to right field - has made him relax just a little bit more.
And the numbers here in Grapefruit League play are showing this to be true. Through Sunday, the Philipsburg, PA native is hitting a robust .438 (7-16) with a home run and 5 RBIs.
Adams says, however, numbers don't tell the whole story about a swing in March.
"You get a limited number of at-bats so you can't put to much emphasis on the numbers," Adams said.
"The biggest thing is getting your swing and your defense where it needs to be for Opening Day. The biggest thing is you got to make sure you feel good," Adams said.
A big thing for the first baseman is how he fares against left-handed pitching this season. Last year it often caused him problems and forced him down, even out of, the lineup at times.
But is he in a better place entering 2014 against lefties?
"Ya," Adams said bluntly. "Right now I'm seeing the ball really good off of them. It's still early but the more reps I get (off lefties) the more comfortable I'm going to feel."
The result could be 30-35 home runs over the course of a full season.