The Arizona Diamondbacks are battling to stay in the race for a National League wildcard. All but eliminated from the NL West race as the Los Angeles Dodgers have run away with the division, the Diamondbacks are focused on securing one of two wildcard berths over the last two months of the regular season.
This week Paul Goldschmidt the Diamondbacks first baseman showed why he is considered one of the favorites to win the league MVP and help carry his team into the postseason.
On Thursday, Goldschmidt hit three home runs at Wrigley Field, One left Wrigley, one came close to hitting the scoreboard and the final one was a game winner that saved Arizona from a terrible collapse.
The win was huge for Arizona, but more importantly it was the type of game that will now create awareness of Goldschmidt’s capabilities and give the slugger an MVP moment.
It has been a long time coming for Goldschmidt. Twice he has been a runner-up for the very prestigious award. The slugger does not have any weaknesses in is game,
Currently he is batting .325, with 25 home runs and 87 runs batted in. He is also very underpaid in comparison to the numbers he puts on the board and what other stars earn.
Goldschmidt is not good at helping himself either due to not caring about self-promotion or publicity. On Thursday, none of his homers elicited that much of a reaction. When he was asked to describe how he felt following his game winning home run, he was his typical unimpressive self
He responded that he only wanted to find a way to get on base for J.D. Martinez. He added that Wade Davis, the pitcher he hit the home run off to win the game, was one of baseball’s best and that he was thankful he was able to get his barrel of the bat on the ball.
Those are the types of responses that make Goldschmidt so well-liked both on and off the field. Although they tend to hurt his profile nationwide since his name is not plastered all over the papers or on the highlight reels since he does not promote himself like others do.
Goldschmidt’s biggest obstacles in a race for the MVP are rookie Cody Bellinger for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies and Bryce Harper from the Washington Nationals.