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Updated Jun 6, 2013 - 9:14 pm

D-backs win? Goldschmidt’s fingerprints are probably all over it

The 2013 season is only 59 games old, but it’s been magical so far for Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

The 25-year-old slugger connected on a grand slam Wednesday night off of St. Louis reliever Maikel Cleto to break the game wide open in a 10-3 win by the D-backs.

In the process, Goldschmidt became the first Diamondback in history to hit two grand slams in one road trip — he also connected off of Cubs’ reliever Carlos Marmol in last Saturday’s 12-4 win in Chicago.

There is all kind of buzz for Goldschmidt in the National League MVP race, and that buzz is getting louder. Goldschmidt is leading the senior circuit with 53 RBI, and ranks in the top five in batting average, home runs, on base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS (on base plus slugging).

But there’s one stat that really pops off the page when it comes to Goldschmidt’s MVP credentials, and that’s how instrumental he’s been in his team’s wins.

Of his 53 RBI, 45 of them have come during Arizona victories. That’s 84.9 percent, which lends credence to the saying “as Goldschmidt goes, so go the Arizona Diamondbacks.”

Since 1980, only one National League MVP has had a higher percentage of his runs batted in coming in his team’s wins than Goldschmidt currently does. Ryne Sandberg of the 1984 Chicago Cubs drove in 75 of his 84 runs (89.3 percent) during wins.

2013 Paul Goldschmidt Arizona 53 84.9
2012 Buster Posey San Francisco 103 69.9
2011 Ryan Braun Milwaukee 111 80.2
2010 Joey Votto Cincinnati 113 71.7
2009 Albert Pujols St. Louis 135 78.5
2008 Albert Pujols St. Louis 116 75.0
2007 Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia 94 70.2
2006 Ryan Howard Philadelphia 149 65.1
2005 Albert Pujols St. Louis 117 74.4
2004 Barry Bonds San Francisco 101 69.3
2003 Barry Bonds San Francisco 90 76.7
2002 Barry Bonds San Francisco 110 77.3
2001 Barry Bonds San Francisco 137 65.0
2000 Jeff Kent San Francisco 125 68.8
1999 Chipper Jones Atlanta 110 83.6
1998 Sammy Sosa Chicago 158 65.2
1997 Larry Walker Colorado 130 67.7
1996 Ken Caminiti San Diego 130 73.8
1995 Barry Larkin Cincinnati 66 74.2
1994 Jeff Bagwell Houston 116 80.2
1993 Barry Bonds San Francisco 123 82.9
1992 Barry Bonds Pittsburgh 103 69.9
1991 Terry Pendleton Atlanta 86 73.3
1990 Barry Bonds Pittsburgh 114 72.8
1989 Kevin Mitchell San Francisco 125 70.4
1988 Kirk Gibson Los Angeles 76 68.4
1987 Andre Dawson Chicago 137 62.0
1986 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia 119 64.7
1985 Willie McGee St. Louis 82 75.6
1984 Ryne Sandberg Chicago 84 89.3
1983 Dale Murphy Atlanta 121 64.5
1982 Dale Murphy Atlanta 109 70.6
1981 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia 91 80.2
1980 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia 121 52.9

Obviously, Goldschmidt has a long way to go before he can join the above group of Most Valuable Players. But if his current pace continues, especially in D-backs' wins, he's got a good shot.

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