Impact News: St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is now on the 15-day disabled list. Adams has an apparent strained right quadriceps. He is expected to miss at least three to four months.
Short Term Impact: The injury to Matt Adams is a blow to the Cardinals but is their season in jeopardy? Well that all depends on the severity of the injury. If it is determined that it is a tear and not just a strain, Adams could miss the entire season. However, if he is going to return then the Cardinals have proven veteran, albeit on the back end of his career, Mark Reynolds to hold down the fort against the Pirates and upstart Cubs.
Long Term Prediction: Despite the recent slump, Matt Adams has 30 home run, 90 RBI and .280 batting average potential. Numbers like that cannot just be replaced in a lineup. Adams served as pop and protection behind Matt Holliday in the Cardinals lineup. Mark Reynolds is not ready to step into the spot in the lineup. At one point in his career, Reynolds had 40 home run power which offset his incredibly high strikeout totals and low batting average (.230 lifetime) but he has not even come close to those numbers since 2011. Jason Heyward is another option in the four spot but he is in the middle of a .208 slump over his last 15 games.
While this is not like losing Matt Holliday for the year, the impact to the Cardinals of losing Adams is obvious. Can they still win the National League Central and make a playoff run without him? Yes, they sure can but things just got a bit harder. The teams pitching will have to step up even more and youngsters like Peter Bourjos, Matt Carpenter, and Kolten Wong will have to mature even faster. But eventually the bridge can become too far since the Cardinals are already without Adam Wainwright for the rest of the year. Things are still okay now but the injuries have to stop soon.