4 days ago Braves slugger Freddie Freeman suffered a devastating blow to the left wrist on a 94 MPH fastball. Sadly more devastating news followed when we learned he’d be out for approximately 10 weeks. Once Snitker became aware of this, a big question lurked as to how to fill the gaping hole for someone who was the face of the franchise. Jace Peterson was the one who came in for Freeman Wednesday night against Toronto. Jace played a total of 2 full games at first, and overall played well. Although tallying 1 error he made this spectacular catch against the Nationals:
Jace’s capability to play all throughout the diamond is impressive, but the Braves know they need a primary first baseman and someone with a more threatening stick then Jace. With no minor leaguers ready to get the call up and with Ryan Howard being released earlier this month, the Braves worked out a trade with the Cardinals to receive Matt Adams. Along with receiving Adams the Braves acquired cash in exchange for minor league INF Juan Yepez. Brave’s general manager John Coppolella believes Adam’s will play a major role even after Freddie returns. “He also plays left field. He’s a good bat off the bench.” Adams is 28 years old and has batted .292 with 1 HR off the bench for the Cardinals this year. His career batting average is .271 and with 56 home runs.
Matt Adams may not fit in the shoes of Freddie’s, but having a power hitter in the front of the lineup helps Atlanta tremendously. He struggled in his Braves debut against Strasburg striking out 3 times. In his fourth and final at bat in the 9th inning with the game on the line, Adams hit a rope but straight at Nat’s first baseman Ryan Zimmerman for a double play. He’ll get plenty of opportunities to redeem himself as there’s a good chance he’ll be playing day to day. It’s a near guarantee Adams will get the start against righty pitchers, if there’s a lefty starter the Braves may get fancy and throw another name over at first base.