When it comes to talking about the NL MVP, everyone knows how valuable Yadier Molina is to the Cardinals, Clayton Kershaw has been as dominant as you can be as a starting pitcher, and Andrew McCutchen has been outstanding for a very weak Pirates offense.
However, none of those players have put together the kind of resume Paul Goldschmidt has this season. Here are some of his numbers:
.300 average, 31 HR, 104 RBI, 13 SB, 83 BB, .952 OPS
First of all, hitting in a massive Arizona ballpark, Goldschmidt has hit 31 HR, which is 2nd in the NL behind only Pedro Alvarez. Not only that, but Goldschmidt has hit a HR against 16 of the 19 teams the Diamondbacks have played this year. Goldschmidt has also been clutch with his HR hitting 12 of his 31 in the 7th inning or later, which is best in the NL.
Secondly, not only does “Goldy” lead the NL in RBI, but has also driven in 37 runs in the 7th inning or later, while neither of the other aforementioned “favorites” have driven in more than 14 beyond the 7th inning. While we are on the subject of clutch hitting, Goldy is tied for the league lead in walk off hits, with 4.
Meanwhile, Goldy’s defense continues to fly under the radar because he is a 1st baseman, but he has been excellent. Though he has 5 errors, he also has the highest “range factor” among eligible 1st basemen and has played the most innings, as well.
None of this to say that neither McCutchen, Molina, and Kershaw wouldn’t be deserving of this award. However, Paul Goldschmidt shouldn’t be penalized because of a small market.
Right now, Paul Goldschmidt should be the NL MVP.
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