D-backs' Goldschmidt modest about hitting streak
Goldschmidt, who has hit .451 with a .492 on-base percentage during his streak, was a guest on Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Friday and deflected the attention away from himself and his contributions at the plate.
"I wouldn't say [I'm] carrying this team at all," Goldschmidt said. "I mean we've got a lot of great guys. We've been up and down this year but we've played well the last two games and hopefully can continue it and play better going forward."
The 24-year-old got off to a slow start this season and shared a good portion of playing time with veteran Lyle Overbay. But instead of getting down on his luck, Goldschmidt persevered through his slump with an incomparable work ethic and positive attitude.
"Whatever the lineup is every day you just go with it," Goldschmidt stated. "Days when you're not playing, you do what you can whether it's an opportunity for a pinch-hit or just being ready or being a good teammate."
Goldschmidt didn't detect any fundamental flaws in his approach at the plate and knew it was only a matter of time before balls would start falling in for him.
And boy, have they ever.
Goldschmidt's increased his average to .288 on the season and stroked fourteen of his 23 hits during the streak for extra bases.
But what's garnered Goldschmidt the most attention thus far has been his utter ownership of San Francisco Giants' ace Tim Lincecum. Goldschmidt has blasted four home runs off of the two-time Cy Young Award winner in a mere 12 at-bats.
"I've been able to get in some good hitter's counts off of him and got some good pitches to hit but he's a great pitcher," Goldschmidt said. "Hopefully we'll have some more battles to come for the years and you never know it's been good so far but it can change in a hurry."
In the meantime, Lincecum isn't the only hurler befuddled by the D-backs' first baseman. Pitchers around the league have been left scratching their heads trying to solve the red-hot Paul Goldschmidt.
- Eric Chavez - Friday May 17D-Backs 3rd baseman Eric Chavez joined Burns & Gambo to discuss his recent hot streak.
- Tim Kurkjian - Thursday May 16ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian joined Burns and Gambo to discuss the development of Diamondbacks star
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Wednesday May 15KT talks to Doug & Wolf about the big win over the Braves!
- Keith Law, ESPN MLB Insider - Monday May 13Law talks to Doug & Wolf about Justin Upton's return to AZ.
- Heath Bell, D-backs pitcher - Friday May 10Bell talks to Doug & Wolf about Sushi and the mentality of a closer