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Updated Jun 6, 2013 - 2:14 pm

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

Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt, right, is congratulated by teammate Gerardo Parra after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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.

2013Paul GoldschmidtArizona5384.9
2012Buster PoseySan Francisco10369.9
2011Ryan BraunMilwaukee11180.2
2010Joey VottoCincinnati11371.7
2009Albert PujolsSt. Louis13578.5
2008Albert PujolsSt. Louis11675.0
2007Jimmy RollinsPhiladelphia9470.2
2006Ryan Howard Philadelphia14965.1
2005Albert PujolsSt. Louis11774.4
2004Barry BondsSan Francisco10169.3
2003Barry BondsSan Francisco9076.7
2002Barry BondsSan Francisco11077.3
2001Barry BondsSan Francisco13765.0
2000Jeff KentSan Francisco12568.8
1999Chipper JonesAtlanta11083.6
1998Sammy SosaChicago15865.2
1997Larry WalkerColorado13067.7
1996Ken CaminitiSan Diego13073.8
1995Barry LarkinCincinnati6674.2
1994Jeff BagwellHouston11680.2
1993Barry BondsSan Francisco12382.9
1992Barry BondsPittsburgh10369.9
1991Terry PendletonAtlanta8673.3
1990Barry BondsPittsburgh11472.8
1989Kevin Mitchell San Francisco12570.4
1988Kirk GibsonLos Angeles7668.4
1987Andre DawsonChicago13762.0
1986Mike SchmidtPhiladelphia11964.7
1985Willie McGeeSt. Louis8275.6
1984Ryne SandbergChicago8489.3
1983Dale MurphyAtlanta12164.5
1982Dale MurphyAtlanta10970.6
1981Mike SchmidtPhiladelphia9180.2
1980Mike SchmidtPhiladelphia12152.9

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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