Updated Outlook: Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals Rivalry

First Base:

Cardinals: Matt Adams (.288/.321/.457 +15 HR in 2014)

Cubs: Anthony Rizzo (.286/.386/.527 +32 HR in 2014)

Analysis: Both Rizzo and Adams have only two seasons in which they played more than 100 games, and those seasons were the last two. Both of these guys are key cogs their respective team’s machines, and will be fun to watch as they progress even more. Adams was having a nice season early in 2014, before an oblique injury in May forced him to miss some time, after which he slowed down a bit. Rizzo had a good season throughout, and was healthy throughout as well. If Adams is fully over his oblique issue he should be all set for another productive season in 2015.

Advantage: Cubs

Adams, or Big City as the St. Louis faithful like to call him, has some serious upside, and he flashed it last year, especially in the NLDS, against none other than Clayton Kershaw, but for the most part Adams struggles against left-handed pitching, a weakness which forced the Cardinals to bring in Mark Reynolds (22 HR in 2014 for Brewers) to platoon with Adams. Rizzo can hit anyone has no glaring weaknesses, and has already established himself as a high-level player in the Majors.

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