By: Rob Schardt
Well, after the worst start to Paul Goldschmidt’s career, the 5-time all-star is finally back on track. The NL West leading Diamondbacks, lost all-star A.J Pollack in the middle of May and before he went down, he was the team’s best hitter. Pollack was hitting .293 with 11 homeruns and 33 RBI’s and was leading the charge for the D-backs as fellow slugger Paul Goldschmidt could not figure out how to hit the baseball.
When watching Goldschmidt’s tapes from last year, he had perfect timing and was driving the ball to all parts of the field, but this year, for some reason his swing was way out of whack and was getting his front foot down as the pitch was coming. Every baseball player knows, to be an effective hitter, a batter MUST get their front foot down before the pitch is thrown because it is used as a timing mechanism to help keep weight back and drive the baseball. However, Goldy was not doing this and was striking out more than ever. Though, this was concerning and many were wondering if he could get back on track to help lead the D-backs to an NL West crown, I felt his problem would be fixed. I mean how long do you really think Goldy of all players would have went without realizing this small problem that is easy to fix. He is one of the best hitters in the league, if not the best in the National League.
Goldschmidt hit .144 in May, but 15 days into June and something has clicked for the star as he is now hitting .447 in 13 games entering last night’s game vs the Mets. He has also had six multi-hit games in his past 7 games and would earn himself the NL player of the week. Last night, Goldy struck out 3 times but did bash his 13th homerun of the season, but on the bright side has 5 in the past 10 games and will play against the Mets for another 3 games which may lead to more homeruns and extra base hits. A healthy Paul Goldschmidt is great for the league, since he is atop the league’s best hitters and one of the most exciting players to watch across Major League Baseball and seeing him lead the young D-backs squad is awesome. Goldy once more will be required to continue to lead the charge along with Jake Lamb and David Peralta until A.J Pollack returns to the lineup. Though, this could be mean the earliest late June, but it is best for the D-backs and Goldschmidt just to keep on hitting.
Goldschmidt at his best can help propel a D-backs team into a possible National League Champion, but it all rides on his hitting and the rest of the teams hitting, but they need him to be the MVP candidate in order to do so. I do believe he will get better as the season goes on and when Pollack comes back the D-backs will be a force not to be reckoned with.
All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference
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